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International Day of Biodiversity

  • Category
    Ecology and Environment
  • Published
    30th May, 2022

Context

International Day for Biological Diversity is an annual event that takes place on May 22.

About

The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB):

  • The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 as the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.
  • It is an initiative taken by the United Nations to protect the earth and the variety of lives on it.
  • International Day for Biological Diversity aims at raising awareness about the unprecedented environmental crisis that the world is facing and how to protect the biodiversity on earth.
  • 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.
  • Theme for 2022: Building a shared future for all life
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