International Biodiversity day 2010
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.
The theme for the International Day for Biodiversity (IDB) in 2010 is Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation. Celebration on this theme provides unique opportunity to raise public awareness on the importance of biodiversity to sustainable development and the accomplishment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). The theme is particularly applicable in 2010. In 2002, Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) committed to achieve by 2010 a signicant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss as a contribution to poverty alleviation and to the benefit of all life on Earth. Actions to achieve the 2010 Biodiversity Target were incorporated in the Plan of Implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development adopted in Johannesburg in September 2002 and later endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly. This year the International Day for Biodiversity celebrations are part of the International Year of Biodiversity.
The day creates an opportunity to take part in activities that help educate, publicise, and emphasise the importance of biodiversity to human well-being. This is a great opportunity to draw public attention to the issues at stake. The goal is to help people understand how important biodiversity is for healthy and sustainable development on earth. What is biological diversity? Why is it important? Why do we keep losing species, genes and ecosystems at unprecedented speed? What will be the consequences? What are the costs? And how can we reverse this trend? These and similar questions will be widely discussed throughout 2010.
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