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  • UN issues guidelines to minimize risk of invasive species

    UN issues guidelines to minimize risk of invasive species

    The Convention on Biological Diversity today adopted new guidance to tackle the introduction of invasive species as pets, aquarium and terrarium species, and as live bait and live food. The guidance addresses a major pathway for introduction and spread of invasive alien species.

     
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  • UN Meeting on the Safe Use of Living Modified Organism Opens in Korea

    UN Meeting on the Safe Use of Living Modified Organism Opens in Korea

    The seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (or COP-MOP 7) opened today at the Alpensia Convention Center in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. The meeting is the first of three major biodiversity meetings being held in Pyeongchang.

     
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  • Meeting on the Safe Use of Living Modified Organisms

    Meeting on the Safe Use of Living Modified Organisms

    First of three major United Nations meetings opens Monday. On Monday, delegates from around the world will convene for the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP MOP 7).

     
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  • The Nagoya Protocol receives required number of ratifications to enter into force

    The Nagoya Protocol receives required number of ratifications to enter into force

    The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization will enter into force on 12 October 2014 following its ratification by 51 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

     
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  • The World Day to Combat Desertification

    The World Day to Combat Desertification

    The World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) is observed worldwide on 17 June every year since 1995 to promote public awareness relating to international cooperation to combat desertification and the effects of drought. The World Day to Combat Desertification is a unique occasion to remind everybody that desertification can be effectively tackled, that solutions are possible.

     
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  • World Oceans Day

    World Oceans Day

    The concept for a “World Ocean Day” was first proposed in 1992 by the Government of Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. As a result of a United Nations General Assembly resolution passed in December 2008, World Oceans Day is now officially recognized by the UN as June 8th each year. The theme of this year’s World Oceans Day is “Ocean Sustainability”.

     
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  • World Environment Day

    World Environment Day

    World Environment Day is held each year on June 5. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 on the day that United Nations Conference on the Human Environment began. The first World Environment Day was celebrated in 1973. Since then it is hosted every year by a different city with a different theme.

     
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  • Four new ratification of the Nagoya Protocol

    Four new ratification of the Nagoya Protocol

    With the ratifications of Denmark, the European Union, Namibia and Samoa, the total number of ratifications to the Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) stands at 37. The Nagoya Protocol will enter into force on the 90th day after the date of deposit of the 50th instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession. While the European Union will be a Party to the Protocol, its approval of the Protocol does not count towards the 50 instruments required for entry into force, therefore 14 more ratifications are required.

     
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  • Guiana Shield Action Plan to Facilitate Biodiversity Corridors

    Guiana Shield Action Plan to Facilitate Biodiversity Corridors

    To avoid landscape fragmentation and loss of species and habitats for biodiversity, participants to a three-day workshop in Kurupukari, Guyana, have agreed on a Regional Action Plan related to biological corridors, connectivity conservation and trans-boundary conservation within the Guiana Shield Ecoregion.
    The Guiana Shield includes: Brazil, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname and Venezuela.

     
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  • International Day for Biological Diversity

    International Day for Biological Diversity

    Tomorrow will be The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB). The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. The theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) on 22 May 2014 is “Island Biodiversity”.

     
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