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.
Water is essential for life. No living being on planet Earth can survive
without it. It is a prerequisite for human health and well-being as
well as for the preservation of the environment.
The theme Water and Biodiversity was chosen to coincide with the United Nations designation of 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation.
Water and Biodiversity is the theme for International Day for
Biological Diversity (IDB) in 2013. Designation of IDB 2013 on the theme
of water provides Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity
(CBD) and the public at large the opportunity to raise awareness about
this vital issue, and to increase positive action. Read the notification. Coincidently, the period 2005-2015 is the International Decade for Action 'WATER FOR LIFE'.
What impact does climate change have on ecosystems
and species? Are we threatened? How does biodiversity influence climate
change? What can we do, how can we get involved?
These are some of the questions the 2013 global Biodiversity Days shall look at and discuss.
Since 2001, The German Ministry for Economic
Co-operation and Development (BMZ) and the German International
Cooperation Agency (GIZ), the Secretariat of the Convention on
Biological Diversity (SCBD) and GEO Magazine have been partnering to
organize and cover national action days for biological diversity in
various countries around the globe.
Encouraged by these successful experiences, 2013
will continue with a scaling-up of the initiative with thematic days and
media coverage in selected countries on all continents. The focus will
be on the interdependence of climate change and biodiversity as well as
its implications for human well-being.
The goal is to raise awareness and promote the conservation of biodiversity on a local and global level.
Stay tuned for upcoming news and the launch of the biodiversity days in 2013!