International Day for Biological Diversity 2018 observed globally

22 May: International Day for Biological Diversity

The International Day for Biological Diversity was observed across the world on May 22, 2018 with an aim to raise awareness about the conservation of biodiversity.

Theme 2018: Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity

The theme of International Day for Biological Diversity 2018 was ‘Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity’ as the year 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

The Convention entered into force on December 29, 1993 and since then, it has been implemented through the vision and leadership of several countries, non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations, indigenous peoples and local communities and individuals.

When was the day proclaimed and why?

• The United Nations General Assembly, by its resolution 55/201 of December 20, 2000, proclaimed 22 May as the International Day for Biological Diversity.

• The day was proclaimed with an aim to commemorate the adoption of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on May 22, 1992 by the Nairobi Final Act.

• The International Day for Biological Diversity falls within the scope of the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda's Sustainable Development Goals.

Convention on Biological Diversity

 

The Convention on Biological Diversity is the international legal instrument that has been ratified by 196 nations. The convention calls for:

  • Conservation of biological diversity
  • Sustainable use of its components
  • Fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the utilisation of genetic resources

 

 

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