INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY

International Day for Biological Diversity 2020

The International Day for Biological Diversity is observed on 22nd May every year to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

International Day for Biological Diversity 2020

Source | CBD


GS Paper III: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.


Context: The International Day for Biological Diversity is observed on 22nd May every year to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

  • When first created by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in late 1993, 29 December (the date of entry into force of the Convention of Biological Diversity), was designated The International Day for Biological Diversity.
  • In December 2000, the UN General Assembly adopted 22 May as IDB, to commemorate the adoption of the text of the Convention on 22 May 1992 by the Nairobi Final Act of the Conference for the Adoption of the Agreed Text of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY


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What you need to International Day for Biological Diversity 2020?

Theme for the year 2020 is “Our solutions are in nature”. The theme highlights that Biodiversity remains the answer to a number of sustainable development challenges.

From nature-based solutions to climate, to food and water security, and sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity remains the basis for a sustainable future. The year 2020 is a reflection, opportunity and solutions for biodiversity issues. The year will witness:

  • The final period for the 2011-2020 Strategic Plan on Biodiversity and its 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
  • The end of the 2011-2020 United Nations Decade on Biodiversity, and start of other new pivotal biodiversity related decades for the period 2021-2030: the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
  • The UN Biodiversity Summit (15th Conference of the Parties: COP-15) which will highlight the urgency of actions in support of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework that contributes to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and places the global community on a path towards realizing the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity.
    • Sustainable Goal 15 aims to “Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss”.

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