CBD Daily News Headlines
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- 'Maine's Climate Future' documents progression of accelerating change
- Antarctic temperature rises above 20C for first time on record
- Climate Change Tracker: India's future losses
CBD News (What's new at the CBD)
- Statement by Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Acting Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity, on the occasion of World Wetlands Day
- 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.
- 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.
- Statement by Ms. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Acting Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity, at the fifty-seventh meeting of the Council of the Global Environment Facility, Wednesday, 18 December 2019, Washington D.C., United States of America
- The nature that surrounds us, sustains us. Ensuring that it can continue to do so for future generations is a trust bestowed on us all.
Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
The Convention on Biological Diversity is the result of an agreement by world leaders on a comprehensive strategy for "sustainable development" while ensuring that we leave a healthy and viable world for future generations.
One of the key agreements adopted at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro was this Convention of Biological Diversity. This pact among the vast majority of the world's governments sets out commitments for maintaining the world's ecological underpinnings as we go about the business of economic development. The Convention establishes three main goals: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits from the use of genetic resources (including by appropriate access to genetic resources and by appropriate transfer of relevant technologies, taking into account all rights over those resources and to technologies, and by appropriate funding).
During the Earth Summit also the Convention on Climate Change was signed.
The CBD entered into force on 29 December 1993, 90 days after the 30th ratification. At the moment there are more than 190 'Parties' to the Convention; 168 countires have signed the convention. The Netherlands ratified the CBD in 1994.
The text of the convention.
The Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted a supplementary agreement to the Convention known as the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety on 29 January 2000. The Protocol seeks to protect biological diversity from the potential risks posed by living modified organisms resulting from modern biotechnology.
Furthermore party's are invites to establish a website to exchange information about their Biodiversity Policy. This is kallend the Clearing House Mechanism (CHM) genoemd. This webportal (biodiversity-CHM.NL) is the Dutch contribution to the Clearing House Mechanism.
The following websites provide more detailed information about the CBD:
- Website of the CBD: Here information can be found on the Convention as presented by the CBD Secretariate
- Website of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin on Biodiversity: Here information can be found of the reporting services by ENB of the international meetings related to the Convention.