International Day for Biological Diversity

The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) was declared by the United Nations on May 22 to raise public awareness of biodiversity issues. The date 29 December (the date of the entry into force of the Convention of Biological Diversity) was originally designated as The International Day for Biological Diversity when it was first created by the UN General Assembly's Second Committee in late 1993. On 22 May 1992, the Conference for the Adoption of the Agreed Text of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nairobi, Kenya, passed its final act, which established 22 May as International Day of Biodiversity (IDB). As a result of the large number of holidays that fall on the same weekend as December 29th, many countries found it difficult to organize meaningful celebrations around that date.


United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (2011–2020)
International Year of Biodiversity (2010)

Year-wise themes of International Day for Biological Diversity
Year - Theme
2002 Dedicated to forest biodiversity
2003 Biodiversity and poverty alleviation – challenges for sustainable development
2004 Biodiversity: Food, Water and Health for All
2005 Biodiversity: Life Insurance for our Changing World
2006 Protect Biodiversity in Drylands
2007 Biodiversity and Climate Change
2008 Biodiversity and Agriculture
2009 Invasive Alien Species
2010 Biodiversity, Development and poverty reduction
2011 Forest Biodiversity
2012 Marine Biodiversity
2013 Water and Biodiversity
2014 Island Biodiversity
2015 Convention on Biological Diversity
2016 Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and their Livelihoods
2017 Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism
2018 Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity
2019 Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health
2020 Our solutions are in nature
2021 We're part of the solution #ForNature

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