May 22 marks International Day for Biological Diversity, an initiative designed to raise public awareness of biodiversity’s key role in maintaining ecosystems and quality of life.
This year’s event is of particular interest since 2010 was proclaimed International Year of Biological Diversity by the United Nations. Based in Montréal, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity is overseeing the worldwide education campaign currently being conducted.
This year also marks the release of the third edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook. A total of 120 countries contributed to this report, which assesses the current status of biodiversity around the world and related protection efforts.
Convention on Biological Diversity
A total of 193 countries have signed the Convention on Biological Diversity. Reaffirming that states have sovereign rights over their own biological resources, the Convention is aimed at conserving and promoting the sustainable use of biological diversity, as well as encouraging the equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic resources.
The Secretariat seeks to facilitate the achievement of the Convention’s goals by the member governments.
Message from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – 2010 International Year of Biological Diversity
Activities in Québec – 2010 International Year of Biological Diversity (in French)
Arctic Biodiversity Initiative
Biodiversity in Québec (in French)
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity