International Day for Biological Diversity

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The International Day for Biological Diversity, celebrated each year on May 22, aims to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. Although it was originally celebrated in late December, the UN General Assembly later decided to move the date to 22 May, which commemorates the adoption of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 1992. Biodiversity is the living fabric of our planet. It underpins human well-being in the present and the future, and its rapid decline threatens nature and people alike. According to the latest Global Assessment by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), human activities are driving biodiversity loss at an unprecedented rate. However, the assessment also indicated that solutions existed and that it was not too late to act. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity is pleased to announce the Biodiversity Day 2022 slogan: “Building a shared future for all life”. The slogan was chosen to continue building momentum and support for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework to be adopted at the upcoming UN Biodiversity Conference. The slogan is available in the 6 United Nations languages. Biodiversity remains the answer to a few of the challenges of sustainable development. From ecological solutions to climate change, health issues, food and water security, and sustainable health, biodiversity is the foundation on which we can best build. The human impact on biodiversity has reached unprecedented levels. About 75% of the earth’s environment and 66% of marine ecosystems are highly altered by human activities. About one million species of animals and plants are now in danger of extinction. Overall, the current negative biodiversity trend undermines progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The world’s leading causes of biodiversity loss are climate change, invasive species, excessive exploitation of natural resources, land pollution, and urbanization. Without immediate action and a desire to reverse these trends and protect the environment, we are in danger of failing to achieve the 2030 Agenda.

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