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UN Decade on Biodiversity 2011 - 2020

In October 2010, in Japan, governments agreed to the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Targets as the basis for halting and eventually reversing the loss of biodiversity of the planet.
To build support and momentum for this urgent task, the United Nations General Assembly declared the period 2011-2020 to be the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity. The United Nations Decade on Biodiversity will serve to support the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and promote its overall vision of living in harmony with nature. Its goal is to mainstream biodiversity at different levels. Throughout the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity, governments are encouraged to develop, implement and communicate the results of national strategies for implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity.

Initiatives in line with the UN Decade for Biodiversity:

  • prominent UN Goodwill Ambassadors for Biodiversity
  • dedicated teenage Goodwill Ambassadors
  • competition for the award of the best UN Decade Project
  • photo competition

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International Day for Biological Diversity: 22 May

The United Nations proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

Marine Biodiversity was the theme for the International Day for Biological Diversity in 2012. Designation on the theme of marine ecosystems provided Parties to the CBD and everyone interested in marine life, the opportunity to raise awareness of the issue and increase practical action.

The International Day for Biodiversity - 22 May

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2010 International Year of Biodiversity

Logo des Internationalen Jahres der Biologischen Vielfalt

The United Nations declared the year 2010 as "International Year of Biodiversity". The idea was to spotlight biodiversity globally.

Biodiversity is the natural wealth of earth. The variety of species, genes and ecosystems is the basis for human life. Each day we lose a bit of this variety. Besides climate change the loss of biodiversity is among the biggest challenges of today.

The International Year of Biodiversity highlighted the meaning of biodiversity and encouraged everyone to use and handle nature in a gentle and responsible way. The ideas and initiatives of the International Year for Biodiversity 2010 are continued during the UN Decade for Biodiversity 2011 - 2020. 

The CBD Secretariat, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and UNEP (UN Environmental Programme) set up websites for the International Year of Biodiversity:

CBD-Secretariat: 2010 - International Year of Biodiversity

IUCN: Celebrating Biodioversity - International Year of Biodiversity

UNEP: 2010 - International Year of Biodiversity

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CBD Website "United Nations Decade on Biodiversity 2011 - 2020":

Last Change: 20/03/2021