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Information on Biodiversity UN Entities 

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD): http://www.cbd.int/

UN Conferences & Observances    

2010 – International Year of Biological Diversity: http://www.cbd.int/2010/welcome/ UNEP website for International Year of Biodiversity: http://www.unep.org/iyb/ 22 May - International Day for Biological Diversity: http://www.cbd.int/idb/ 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: http://www.cbd.int/cop10/

UN Treaties  

Convention on Biological Diversity: http://www.cbd.int/convention/convention.shtml Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety: http://www.cbd.int/biosafety/protocol.shtml

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): http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs//2010/sgsm12739.doc.htm 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): http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs//2010/sgsm12695.doc.htm 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): http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2009/sgsm12598.doc.htm 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): http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2009/sgsm12597.doc.htm 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): http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2009/sgsm12236.doc.htm 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): http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2008/sgsm11783.doc.htm 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): http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2008/dsgsm396.doc.htm 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): http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2008/sgsm11600.doc.htm


Further information      

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Sustainable Development Biodiversity/Biological Diversity: http://www.un.org/esa/dsd/susdevtopics/sdt_biodiversity.shtml 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: http://www.un.org/Depts/los/biodiversityworkinggroup/biodiversityworkinggroup.htm Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) - Agricultural biodiversity in FAO: http://www.fao.org/biodiversity/biodiversity-home/en/ United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity: http://www.undp.org/biodiversity/index.html United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – Biodiversity: http://www.unep.org/Themes/Biodiversity/index.asp United Nations Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC): http://www.unep-wcmc.org/ here: Climate Change & Biodiversity, Global Biodiversity Atlases, Biodiversity Indicators, Biodiversity Assessments

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World Bank - The World's Largest Financier of Biodiversity: http://go.worldbank.org/80D0HM2WN0 Global Environment Facility - Biodiversity: http://www.gefweb.org/projects/Focal_Areas/bio/bio.html

Selected Publications available online     

CBD Publications and Newsletters: http://www.cbd.int/information/library.shtml Global Biodiversity Outlooks (CBD): http://www.cbd.int/gbo3/ CBD Handbook (3rd Edition, 2005): http://www.cbd.int/convention/refrhandbook.shtml The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity - An interim report (UNEP, 2008): http://www.unep.ch/etb/publications/TEEB/TEEB_interim_report.pdf TUNZA - The UNEP Magazine for Youth. Vol. 3, No. 3, 2006: Biodiversity: http://www.ourplanet.com/tunza/issue0303en/pages/contents.html

UNEP - Ask an Expert      

Cornis van der Lugt on Measuring the Impact of Business on Biodiversity (17 February 2010): http://www.unep.org/experts/Default.asp?Page=home&ExpertID=160&SessionID=867 Lawrence Hislop on Biodiversity Threats in the Polar Regions (14 February 2010): http://www.unep.org/experts/Default.asp?Page=home&ExpertID=525&SessionID=862 Lera Miles on Forests and their Role in Conserving Biodiversity (10 February 2010): http://www.unep.org/experts/Default.asp?Page=home&ExpertID=521&SessionID=863 Monica Barcellos on Business and Biodiversity (9 February 2010): http://www.unep.org/experts/Default.asp?Page=home&ExpertID=520&SessionID=854 Ahmed Djoghlaf on Convention on Biological Diversity Activities to mark International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) (5 February 2010): http://www.unep.org/experts/Default.asp?Page=home&ExpertID=519&SessionID=852 more “Ask an Expert” session available at http://www.unep.org/experts/

UNRIC Library – February 2010 http://www.unric.org/html/english/library/backgrounders/biodiversity_eng.pdf


http://www.unric.org/html/english/library/backgrounders/biodiversity_eng