International Day of Biological Diversity (22 May)

Introduction

The United Nations proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) 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. This was partly done because it was difficult for many countries to plan and carry out suitable celebrations for the date of 29 December, given the number of holidays that coincide around that time of year.

Taken from: the Convention of Biological Diversity website

2012 theme

Marine Biodiversity is the theme for this year’s International Day for Biodiversity (IDB). Designation of IDB 2012 on the theme of marine ecosystems provides Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and everyone interested in marine life, the opportunity to raise awareness of the issue and increase practical action.

At the Festival of Biodiversity, we will be celebrating marine biodiversity with the launch of the Singapore marine biodiversity exhibition titled Follow the Tide – from the mangroves to coral reefs! Find out more about the marine biodiversity exhibition here!

Taken from: the Convention of Biological Diversity website

United Nationals Decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020

The United Nations agreed to a Decade on Biodiversity from 2011–2020 at the global biodiversity meeting, called the Nagoya COP10, held in Japan in October 2010.

The decade will highlight the value of biodiversity to all our lives and build on the success of the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) during 2010.

The aim of the IYB was to celebrate life on Earth, to highlight the value of biodiversity to our lives and to call for a renewed effort to safeguard the variety of life. It was celebrated around the globe by 146 countries using 29 languages. As the year drew to an end, world governments agreed a 10-year plan to protect our natural resources for the future.

Taken from: the Decade on Biodiversity website

Hence, through this Festival, we hope that more members of the community will be aware of our rich biodiversity and take an active interest in conserving them!

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