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UN observed International Day for Biological Diversity

May 22, 2015 16:08 IST

22 May: International Day for Biological Diversity

The United Nations (UN) observed the International Day for Biological Diversity (IBD) on 22 May 2015. The theme for the year 2015 is Biodiversity for Sustainable Development.

This year theme highlights the relevance of biodiversity in achieving the goal of sustainable development. It also highlights the importance of efforts made to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda (2015-2030).

The selection of the theme also underlines the adoption of the Gangwon Declaration at the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in South Korea in 2014.

The Gangwon Declaration recognised the importance of biodiversity in achieving SDGs and called for the further integration and mainstreaming of biodiversity in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

May 22 was proclaimed as the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) in December 2000 to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues and to commemorate the adoption of Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) on 22 May 1992 by the Nairobi Final Act.

Earlier 29 December was designated as IBD to commemorate the date of entry into force of the CBD.

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