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Wednesday, 3 June 2015

International Day for Biological Diversity 2015 , 22 May

International Day for Biological Diversity, 22 May.
Día Internacional de la Diversidad Biológica, 22 de mayo.
Международный день биологического разнообразия, 22 мая.
Journée internationale de la diversité biologique, 22 mai.
生物多样性国际日, 5月22日.
 اليوم العالمي للتنوع البيولوجي - 22 مايو

Biodiversity for Sustainable Development.

2015 Theme: Biodiversity for Sustainable Development.
Tema de 2015: Diversidad biológica para el desarrollo sostenible.
Тема 2015 года — биоразнообразие для целей устойчивого развития.
Thème 2015 : la biodiversité pour le développement durable.
 موضوع اليوم الدولي لعام 2015: التنوع البيولوجي من أجل التنمية المستدامة

The variety of life on Earth is essential for the welfare of current and future generations.  The conservation, restoration and sustainable use of biological diversity can help solve a range of societal challenges.
Protecting ecosystems and ensuring access to ecosystem services by poor and vulnerable groups are essential to eradicating extreme poverty and hunger.  Reducing deforestation and land degradation and enhancing carbon stocks in forests, drylands, rangelands and croplands generate significant social and economic benefits and are cost-effective ways to mitigate climate change.
Any sustainable development framework must provide the enabling conditions for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, for more equitable sharing of benefits, and for reducing the drivers of biodiversity loss.  The sustainable development goals and the broader post-2015 development agenda, which are under negotiation now, provide an opportunity to mainstream biodiversity and promote transformational change in how economies and societies use and regard biodiversity.
The globally adopted Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Targets provide a useful model that Member States can use in considering how to implement the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.  Meeting the Aichi Targets and addressing biodiversity loss more generally would contribute significantly to the post-2015 development agenda.
On this International Day for Biological Diversity, let us recommit to global action to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss, for people and for our planet.
 Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General.

Other Messages and Statements on the International Day for Biological Diversity 2015

FORUM : International Day for Biological Diversity - 22 May

EVENTS :  The CBD Secretariat encourages all parties to the Convention and all organizations that deal in some way with the issue to organize activities and events to celebrate the IDB and to take advantage of it to raise public awareness and to showcase their work on Biodiversity for Sustainable Development.
If you are an individual you can also organise an activity yourself in your community, here are some ideas. Every person can make a difference!

RESOURCES :  The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

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