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Information on Biodiversity UN Entities 

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD):

UN Conferences & Observances    

2010 – International Year of Biological Diversity: UNEP website for International Year of Biodiversity: 22 May - International Day for Biological Diversity: COP 10 - Tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, 18 to 29 October 2010:

UN Treaties  

Convention on Biological Diversity: Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety:

Selected Statements and Speeches of UN Officials        

With biodiversity loss accelerating, ‘We are bankrupting our natural economy’, says Secretary-General in remarks at event to launch International Year (SG/SM/12739-ENV/DEV/1108-OBV/851, 12 February 2010): Secretary-General, in Message Marking International Year of Biodiversity, Calls for New Vision to Ensure Natural-Resource Sustainability, Long-Term Viability (SG/SM/12695-ENV/DEV/1105-OBV/848, 11 January 2010): Secretary-General’s video message for biodiversity year urges all countries, citizens on planet to join global alliance to protect life on earth (SG/SM/12598-ENV/DEV/1088-OBV/827, 9 November 2009): Secretary-General calls for ‘new vision’ for year of biodiversity, stressing sustainable forest management, watershed protection, coral conservation (SG/SM/12597-ENV/DEV/1087-OBV/826, 9 November 2009): Stressing need to address causes of biodiversity loss, control invasive alien species, SecretaryGeneral urges all to protect life on earth (SG/SM/12236-ENV/DEV/1047-OBV/784, 11 May 2009): Secretary-General, in anniversary message, urges greater efforts for measures to ensure full implementation of Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (SG/SM/11783-ENV/DEV/1002, 11 September 2008): Biodiversity conservation no luxury, says Deputy Secretary-General in warning women ministers about looming ‘sixth global mass extinction of species’ (DSG/SM/396-ENV/DEV/993-WOM/1683, 29 May 2008): Set aside divisive issues in favour of those that unite us, Secretary-General urges conference of parties to biodiversity convention (SG/SM/11600-ENV/DEV/992, 28 May 2008):

Further information      

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Sustainable Development Biodiversity/Biological Diversity: Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) - Agricultural biodiversity in FAO: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – Biodiversity: United Nations Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC): here: Climate Change & Biodiversity, Global Biodiversity Atlases, Biodiversity Indicators, Biodiversity Assessments

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World Bank - The World's Largest Financier of Biodiversity: Global Environment Facility - Biodiversity:

Selected Publications available online     

CBD Publications and Newsletters: Global Biodiversity Outlooks (CBD): CBD Handbook (3rd Edition, 2005): The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity - An interim report (UNEP, 2008): TUNZA - The UNEP Magazine for Youth. Vol. 3, No. 3, 2006: Biodiversity:

UNEP - Ask an Expert      

Cornis van der Lugt on Measuring the Impact of Business on Biodiversity (17 February 2010): Lawrence Hislop on Biodiversity Threats in the Polar Regions (14 February 2010): Lera Miles on Forests and their Role in Conserving Biodiversity (10 February 2010): Monica Barcellos on Business and Biodiversity (9 February 2010): Ahmed Djoghlaf on Convention on Biological Diversity Activities to mark International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) (5 February 2010): more “Ask an Expert” session available at

UNRIC Library – February 2010

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