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Biodiversity Year Ends on High Note as UNGA Backs Resolution Brings to Life 'IPBES'

New York / Nairobi – The adoption, by the UNGA (United Nations General Assembly) plenary, was the last approval needed for setting up an Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Governments gave a green light to its establishment in June at a meeting in Busan, Republic of Korea, coordinated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), but this required a resolution to be passed at the UNGA, which happened on December 20.

The new international body underlines a further success of the UN’sInternational Year of Biodiversity and should provide a boost to the International Year . . . → Read More: Biodiversity Year Ends on High Note as UNGA Backs Resolution Brings to Life 'IPBES'

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Negotiating Instruments to Govern Provision & Use of the Planet’s Genetic Resources

The provision and use of the genetic resources of the planet is the subject of a week long negotiations that started in Montreal, Saturday, with the aim to settle the details of a new global legal agreement to govern the process at a multinational level. The results of these negotiations, to be taken to the Nagoya Biodiversity Summit in October this year, will contribute to unlocking the huge scientific and economic potential of the biodiversity of our planet, with a significant impact on human well-being.

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New Vision Required to Stave Off Dramatic Biodiversity Loss, Says UN Report

Nairobi – The third edition of Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-3), produced by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), confirms that the world has failed to meet its target to achieve a significant reduction in the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010. The report is based on scientific assessments, national reports submitted by governments and a study on future scenarios for biodiversity.

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