10 Feb 2020 News Ecosystems and Biodiversity

2020 is a super year for nature and biodiversity

Nature-based solutions offer the best way to achieve human well-being, tackle climate change and protect our living planet. Yet nature is in crisis, as we are losing species at a rate 1,000 times greater than at any other time in recorded human history and one million species face extinction. In addition to important moments for decision makers, including the COP 15 on Biodiversity, the 2020 “super year” is a major opportunity to bring nature back from the brink.

All year we'll be highlighting updates from around the United Nations System, from partners and from others helping to to call attention to the fact that the future of humanity depends on action now.

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The world is gearing up to support World Wildlife Day on 3 March

The day helps call attention to the dizzying array of the planet’s wild species of animals and plants which make up the world’s biological diversity. The richness of species and ecosystems have sustained human civilization and development for millennia, from providing food and nourishment, material for handicraft and construction to the air we breathe and the medicines that save our lives. Yet, in spite of, or precisely because of, the perceived limitlessness of the nature and natural resources, their ability to sustain humankind and contribute to sustainable development is being severely impacted by unregulated, unscrupulous and poorly managed human activities.

Events around the globe are planned to celebrate wildlife as a component of biodiversity in its many beautiful and varied forms, to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits of wildlife to people, the threats it is facing, and to highlight the urgent need for governments, civil society, private sector and individuals to add their voices and take actions to help conserve wildlife and ensure sustainable use before it’s too late.

Follow along on social media using the hashtag #WWD2020 and see: https://www.wildlifeday.org/sites/default/files/PDF/WWD2020_SocialMediaKit2.pdf

24 Feb 2020 14:37

Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Biodiversity in Rome

Representatives from over 140 countries are meeting in Rome this week to chart a path on safeguarding biodiversity.

The negotiations will culminate in the adoption of the #biodiversity2020 framework at #COP15 in October.

Website: https://cbd.int/conferences/post2020

Watch live: http://www.fao.org/webcast/home/en/item/5217/icode/140

Twitter: @UNBiodiversity: https://twitter.com/UNBiodiversity

Related document: https://www.cbd.int/conferences/post2020/wg2020-02/documents


21 Feb 2020 08:52

The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity


The MIDORI Prize, a biennial international prize co-organized by the AEON Environmental Foundation and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, honours three individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

Nominations are accepted through 30 March 2020 via the website of the AEON Environmental Foundation: www.aeon.info/ef/en/prize/

The MIDORI Prize award ceremony will be held in Tokyo in September 2020. The award winners will each receive a monetary prize of US$100,000.

Meet past prize winners: http://www.aeon.info/ef/en/prize/midori/winner/

19 Feb 2020 11:23

Bonn Convention Updates


Looking for updates from this month's meeting on the Convention on the Conservation of #MigratorySpecies of Wild Animals (also known as the Bonn Convention)?

Latest news is here: https://www.cms.int/newsroom/?title=cop13

This is the largest Convention on Migratory Species conference ever, with over 2,500 registered participants, including representatives of 111 of 130 convention parties, and nine additional governments.

17 Feb 2020 13:17



Everyone is invited to raise their #voicefortheplanet to call for a #newdealfornature. Nature is vital for our health, our livelihoods and our well-being. World Wildlife Fund and partners are calling for all to take action to put our planet on a path to recovery by 2030. www.voicefortheplanet.org #naturematters

14 Feb 2020 09:58

WWF and partners

This week WWF and partners released a new report looking at the global impacts of natural capital depletion

Global Futures Report

See it here: https://www.wwf.org.uk/globalfutures

The report “uses new economic and environmental modelling to calculate the costs of nature’s decline across 140 countries and all key industry sectors.”

12 Feb 2020 14:30

Bonn Convention

Bonn Convention

The secretariat of the Bonn Convention and their Indian hosts are looking forward to welcoming delegates to Gandhinagar and to deciding on new conservation measures for migratory species.

Joyce Msuya, Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, explains why the stakes are high here: https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/story/big-international-gathering-will-home-migratory-species

Get all the event details here: http://cms.int/cop13

Want to get updates on Twitter? Follow @BonnConvention and see: #CMSCop13

10 Feb 2020 13:37

Video message from Inger Anderson, Executive Director of UNEP

To kick off what’s being called “Super Year 2020,” United Nations Environment Programme Executive Director Inger Andersen vows to embrace, acknowledge, integrate, and act for nature.

More information: https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/video/2020-resolutions-nature