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Government pandemic spending measures continue to harm biodiversity: UN Biodiversity Convention discusses biodiversity, One Health and response to COVID-19
15 December 2020 – Government recovery spending continues to harm biodiversity, even as scientists show the importance of halting the loss of nature to prevent future pandemics, the global body charged with protecting the variety of life on Earth heard today.
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UN Biodiversity Convention adopts 2021 interim budget
27 November 2020 – An interim budget for the Convention on Biological Diversity for the year 2021 has been adopted.
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UN Biodiversity Conference’s extraordinary meetings to resume next week
20 November 2020 – With reference to the process and conclusion of the second extraordinary meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the first extraordinary meetings of the Conference of the Parties (COP) serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena and Nagoya Protocols, the CBD Secretariat reports the following:
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UN Biodiversity Convention’s Conference of the Parties holds three extraordinary meetings to address urgent programmatic matter for 2021
13 November 2020 – The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is hosting three extraordinary meetings to consider and approve an interim budget for 2021.
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New report shows vast majority of consumers surveyed feel companies morally obligated to protect biodiversity
11 November 2020 – Consumers have an increasing awareness of the planet’s biodiversity and want companies to protect it, says new report launched today.
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New IPBES report suggests transformative change urgently needed in global approach to infectious diseases
29 October 2020 – Addressing disruptive human activities and unsustainable consumption and increasing biodiversity conservation are some of the changes needed to proactively deal with infectious diseases, suggests a major new report on biodiversity and pandemics.
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Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management urges science-based approach to wildlife management in the context of COVID-19
Montreal 16 October 2020 - The Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) has released a joint statement calling for a pragmatic, factual and science-based approach to the wildlife management challenges that have arisen in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress celebrates tenth anniversary
15 October 2020 – Today marks the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.
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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.