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International Day for Biological Diversity

Introduction

The United Nations has 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.

IDB theme 2021 - We're part of the solution #ForNature

The slogan was chosen to be a continuation of the momentum generated last year under the over-arching theme, “Our solutions are in nature”, which served as a reminder that biodiversity remains the answer to several sustainable development challenges. From nature-based solutions to climate, health issues, food and water security, and sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity is the foundation upon which we can build back better.

Below is a list of things that you can do to conserve and sustainably use biodiversity for your well-being:

  • Reduce your meat consumption
  • Eat and purchase seasonal foods
  • Buy local foods
  • Reduce your food waste
  • Compost your food scraps
  • Reduce food packaging by using reusable bags or reusing glass jars or containers
  • Avoid single-use plastics like plastic straws, coffee cups, plastic cutlery, take out containers or plastic water bottles
  • Promote local and indigenous biodiversity for food and nutrition

Related Resources

  1. All about The Convention on Biological Diversity
  2. Aichi Biodiversity Targets
  3. The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
  4. The Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing
  5. The State of the World’s Forests 2020. Forests, biodiversity and people

Source : Convention on Biological diversity



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