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COP15: Nagoya Protocol remains relevant – CBD

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema

On its 11th anniversary, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilisation to the Convention on Biological Diversity remains as relevant as ever, says the Convention. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema Adopted on October 29, 2010 in Nagoya, Japan and came in force since October 12, 2014, the Nagoya Protocol is a momentous international ...

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First part of biodiversity conference closes, sets stage for adoption of post-2020 global framework

Huang Runqiu

With the participation of almost 2,918 delegates in Kunming, and 2478 connecting online, Part one of the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) closed on Friday, October 15, 2021, setting the stage for the adoption of an effective post-2020 global biodiversity framework at the resumption of the meeting in spring 2022. Minister of Ecology and Environment of China and COP15 President, Huang Runqiu The ...

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COP15 high-level segment closes, Kunming Biodiversity Fund emerges, Kunming Declaration adopted

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema

The High-Level Segment of the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) closed on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 with the adoption of the Kunming Declaration, where Parties to the Convention committed to develop, adopt and implement an effective post-2020 global biodiversity framework that would biodiversity put on a path to recovery by 2030 at the latest, towards the full realisation of the 2050 Vision of “Living in ...

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Erdogan urges global copoeration to reverse biodiversity loss threatening human civilisation

Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday called for global cooperation to reverse the biodiversity loss that is threatening human civilisation. Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan He made the call via video speech at the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. The conference, known as COP15, started on Oct.11, in Kunming, ...

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Papua New Guinea PM solicits financial support for biodiversity conservation

James Marape

Papua New Guinean (PNG) Prime Minister, James Marape, on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 called for financial support to help the Island country preserve its rainforests otherwise known as “lungs of the planet’’. James Marape, Papua New Guinean (PNG) Prime Minister Marape said this in his speech via video at the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the ...

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Costa Rican president says biodiversity conservation promotes economy

Carlos Alvarado Quesada

Preserving biodiversity would not only ease climate crises but become “a win for people and our economies,” President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, said Tuesday, October 12, 2021. Costa Rican president, Carlos Alvarado Quesada “As we are facing the devastating consequences of COVID-19; we must think beyond the present and put nature in the centre of our economies,’’ he ...

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CBD COP15: Germany lists priorities in campaign to halt biodiversity loss

Svenja Schulze

At the opening of the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15) on Monday, October 11, 2021, Germany’s Environment Minister, Svenja Schulze, outlined the nation’s priorities in the campaign to halt the global destruction of nature and loss of biodiversity. German Environment Minister, Svenja Schulze The aim is to develop an effective ...

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China to commit 1.5bn yuan to initiate Kunming Biodiversity Fund – Xi

Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 said China would take the lead by investing 1.5 billion yuan (about $233 million) to establish the Kunming Biodiversity Fund. President Xi Jinping addressing the leaders’ summit of the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity via a video link Xi made the remarks ...

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UN officials call for bold action to preserve global biodiversity


Facing alarming biodiversity loss that is threatening the survival of humanity, the international community should take bold action to promote harmony between humans and nature, senior UN officials said on Monday, October 11, 2021. CBD COP15 kicked off on Monday, October 11,2021 in Kunming, China, with thousands of participants from around the world Inger Andersen, UN under-secretary-general and executive director ...

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CBD COP15: UN urged to strengthen freshwater biodiversity protections

Patagonia Baker River

International Rivers on Monday, October 11, 2021 released a letter signed by more than 570 experts, scientists, engineers, researchers, and practitioners from 97 countries urging the United Nations and national delegates to strengthen actions to protect freshwater ecosystems and biodiversity as they gather this week for the Fifteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity ...

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