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.
“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children” – American Indian proverb
22 May is International Day for Biological Diversity.
— UNESCO (@UNESCO) May 22, 2018
Notably, The Secretariat announced that it would invite Parties to the Convention to participate in the 25th anniversary by, among other activities, organizing and hosting local celebrations on 22 May 2018, the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB). In line with the above, the Secretariat is pleased to announce that this year’s IDB theme will be: “Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity”.The theme was chosen to mark the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity and to highlight progress made in the achievement of its objectives at the national and global levels.As mentioned in the notification, the Secretariat is in the process of developing a variety of outreach materials to support the celebrations on this important day.We invite everyone to keep us informed of your plans for activities to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity, so that they may be included on this page.
Happy #IntlBiodiversityDay! Today we celebrate nature’s beauty & wonder, and all the people working hard to safeguard it. Much progress has been made, but there’s still much to do. Let’s redouble efforts to preserve Earth, our only home #Biodiversity25Years @UNBiodiversity pic.twitter.com/zS07uelP57
— UN Environment (@UNEnvironment) May 22, 2018
Celebrations around the world
The CBD Secretariat encourages all Parties to the Convention and all organizations that deal in some way with the issue to organize activities and events to celebrate the IDB and to take advantage of it to raise public awareness, and to showcase their work on biodiversity and related achievements over the last 25 years.
If you are an individual you can also organize an activity yourself in your community, here are some ideas. Every person can make a difference!
Please help us share your IDB celebrations by registering your activities on the website of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity. You will be asked to create a CBD account. The advantage of creating an account is that you will be able to register and showcase all your biodiversity-related work. Your information will also appear on the IDB website.