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Islands of nature – Biodiversity needs the voices and actions of indigenous peoples
Without immediate action we face catastrophic loss of nature and biodiversity and increasing risks of pandemics as a result, as showcased in a major report released by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity last week.
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Global Strategy for Plant Conservation succeeds in aligning actions to protect plant diversity around the world
23 September 2020 – A new report on the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC), suggests that while the 16 targets of the decades long plan to protect global plant are unlikely to be met, countries have made considerable progress towards achieving many of them.
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Nature: Humanity at a Crossroads, UN Warns
15 September 2020 – Despite encouraging progress in several areas, the natural world is suffering badly and getting worse. Eight transformative changes are, therefore, urgently needed to ensure human wellbeing and save the planet, the UN warns in a major report.
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Winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2020
26 August 2020 – The AEON Environmental Foundation and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) are pleased to announce the winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2020.
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UN’s Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 New Launch Date: Tuesday, 15 September
23 August 2020 - The UN’s Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 (GBO-5), to debut Tuesday 15 September 2020, outlines a combination of achievable actions needed to protect nature, ecosystems and nature's contributions to people. The report underlines the enormous stakes for humanity involved in the success of those efforts.
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New dates announced for UN Biodiversity Convention meetings crucial to development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework
15 July 2020 – New dates have been announced for three key UN meetings, including the UN Biodiversity Conference, crucial to the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
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Elizabeth Maruma Mrema appointed head of UN Biodiversity Convention
8 June 2020 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today appointed Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, a national of the United Republic of Tanzania, as the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
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UN Biodiversity lead welcomes new head of Global Environment Facility
3 June 2020 – The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has selected Costa Rican Environment and Energy Minister Carlos Manuel Rodriguez as the next CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility.
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UN Biodiversity Convention on track to develop ambitious post-2020 global biodiversity framework
29 May 2020 – Due the continued uncertainties arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as restrictions on travel and the convening of large physical gatherings, the twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-24) and the third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on implementation (SBI-3), original scheduled for 17-22 August and 24-29 August 2020 respectively, will not take place physically at those dates in Montreal, Canada.
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World celebrates nature as a source of solutions to global challenges
19 May 2020 – The critical importance of nature for our wellbeing is being highlighted throughout this week, with daily sub-themes, in advance of Friday’s International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) and its overall theme of “Our solutions are in nature.”
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UN Biodiversity Summit to be held September 2020 at opening of UN General Assembly
To highlight the urgency of action at the highest levels in support of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework, the President of the United Nations General Assembly will convene a Summit on Biodiversity at UN Headquarters in New York on the margins of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly on 22 and 23 September 2020.
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Revised dates and venue announced for two critical UN Biodiversity Convention meetings
2 April 2020 – Two meetings of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) permanent subsidiary bodies originally scheduled for May 2020 and then rescheduled for August/September 2020 will now take place in August 2020.
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Arrangements for meetings of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity
17 March 2020 – Due to the evolving nature of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has moved to hold many meetings virtually and has postponed others.
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Subregional exchange for the Caribbean on the restoration of forests and other ecosystems
9 March 2020 – Representatives from 12 Caribbean countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago) will gather 9-13 March in Castries, Saint Lucia for a workshop to discuss ecosystem restoration targets and their implementation.
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World Wildlife Day highlights importance of sustainable use of wildlife for people, planet and prosperity in “biodiversity super year”
Geneva/Montreal/Nairobi/New York, 3 March 2020 –Joining the global celebration of the United Nations World Wildlife Day, representatives of UN Member States, UN System organizations, international and non-governmental organizations, rural communities and youth gathered at the UN Headquarters in New York and Geneva to mark the day at two high-level events.
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Governments advance in the preparation of a New UN Biodiversity Framework; Negotiations in Rome demonstrate engagement across government and society
1 March 2020. Governments and stakeholders completed the first round of negotiations on the zero draft of a global framework on nature and people that seeks to bend the curve on biodiversity loss by 2030, with the goal of building a future of life in harmony with nature by the year 2050.
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Discussions open in Rome towards a Landmark New UN Biodiversity Framework
24 February 2020. Over 1000 delegates from more than 140 countries started negotiations today at FAO headquarters, Rome on the zero draft of a landmark post-2020 global biodiversity framework and targets for nature to 2030.
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Second meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework moved to Rome
31 January 2020 - Due to the ongoing situation following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus 2019, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in consultation with the Government of the People’s Republic of China, the COP (Conference of the Parties) Presidency and the Co-Chairs of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (WG2020-2), has decided that the second meeting of the Working Group will take place in Rome, Italy at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on the same dates, 24 – 29 February 2020.
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International biosafety treaty marks its twentieth anniversary
29 January 2020 – Twenty years ago, on 29 January 2000, Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The Cartagena Protocol entered into force on 11 September 2003.