Announcement / Statement

General Assembly Launches International Year of Quinoa [viewed]

20 February 2013: The UN General Assembly launched the International Year of Quinoa with a High-Level Panel discussion during its plenary at UN Headquarters in New York. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Bolivian President Evo Morales and First Lady of Peru Nadine Heredia participated in the launch, which will be celebrated under the theme "A future sown thousands of years ago." 

read more »

CBD Secretariat Outlines Intersessional Activities on ABS [viewed]

CBD7 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued two notifications related to intersessional activities on the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS) and related developments: one outlining activities to be undertaken in the biennium 2013-2014, with information to be submitted in preparation for the third meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol (ICNP), and invitations for direct actions by governments and relevant organizations in accordance with Decision XI/1 on the status of the Nagoya Protocol; and another addressing Article 10 of the Nagoya Protocol on a global multilateral benefit-sharing mechanism and announcing an online consultation through discussion groups, tentatively scheduled to begin on 8 April 2013.

read more »

Slogan for World Day to Combat Desertification Selected [viewed]

February 2013: The slogan for the 2013 World Day to Combat Desertification, which is celebrated annually on 17 June, will be “Don't let our future dry up.” Events to mark the Day will focus on themes related to drought and water scarcity.

read more »

South Africa Ratifies ABS Protocol [viewed]

January 2013: As announced by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), South Africa has ratified the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS), bringing the number of ratifications to 12.

read more »

CBD Secretariat Calls for Submissions on Article 8(j)-Related Issues [viewed]

CBDJanuary 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued a notification outlining a list of specific requests for input from parties, other governments, indigenous and local communities, NGOs and relevant organizations emanating from decisions of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) regarding the work programme on Article 8(j) (traditional knowledge).

read more »

CBD Calls on Biosafety Protocol Parties to Nominate Laboratories, Online Discussion Groups on LMO Identification [viewed]

CBD14 February, 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued a reminder for the nomination of laboratories used for the detection and identification of living modified organisms (LMOs) for the creation of an electronic network of laboratories.

read more »

CBD Secretariat Outlines Inter-sessional Activities on Socio-economic Considerations Regarding LMOs [viewed]

CBD31 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published an outline of inter-sessional activities on socio-economic considerations arising from the impact of living modified organisms (LMOs) on the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

read more »

CITES Highlights Results of Operation Cobra [viewed]

Operation Cobra18 February 2013: John Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), has welcomed the results achieved by Operation Cobra, a month long cross-continent joint operation to combat illegal wildlife trade.

read more »

CIMMYT Opens Bioscience Facility [viewed]

13 February 2013: The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) has inaugurated a new $25 million research complex that will help researchers speed up climate-resilient seed development for maize and wheat.

read more »

Norway to Support UNEP GRID-Arendal for Next 10 Years [viewed]

7 February 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that the Norwegian Ministry of Environment has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UNEP committing to continued cooperation and support to GRID-Arendal for the next 10 years.

read more »