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Biodiversity Week: 18-22 May 2020

The theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) on 22 May 2020 is "Our Solutions are in Nature"

As part of the efforts to raise awareness of the negotiations of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity is pleased to announce the theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) on 22 May 2020: “Our Solutions are in Nature”.

The theme for the day shows that biodiversity remains the answer to a number of sustainable development challenges that we all face. From nature-based solutions to climate, to food and water security, and sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity remains the basis for a sustainable future. 

With a number of events and activities, 2020 promises to be a “super year” for global biodiversity governance, environmental decision making and ultimately for all life on Earth.

In 2020, the celebrations of the International Day for Biological Diversity are part of a broader commemoration of Biodiversity Week, from 18 to 22 May 2020.

We invite you to keep us informed of your plans for activities to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity and Biodiversity Week, so that they may be shared on this page.

 

Biodiversity Week - Day by day

The themes to be covered from 18 to 22 May 2020 are key elements of the biodiversity agenda.

18 May – The week opens on Monday, 18 May, by putting the spotlight on science and traditional knowledge, not only to understand the state of biodiversity, but also to comprehend the drivers of biodiversity loss and pathways for a sustainable future. The launch of the Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 (GBO-5) will provide the basis for the conversation.

19-21 May – Taking advantage of World Bee Day, and the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, 19-21 May will be devoted to raising awareness on areas that deal with the different objectives of the Convention: 1) different ways of conserving biodiversity; 2) agriculture, food and feed, food security and health; and 3) biodiversity, people and culture. Awareness should also be raised on the link between biodiversity, climate and land (particularly in light of the outcome of Climate Change COP 25).

22 May – The week will culminate with the International Day for Biological Diversity around the theme of action for biodiversity and emphasizing that “Our Solutions are in Nature”. 

The theme and the slogan are meant to mirror the GBO-5 as well as the relationship with IPBES assessments. It can also help support and communicate the theme of COP 15: “Ecological Civilization: Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth.”

For each of these themes, the expectation is that Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, relevant UN entities and partners around the world will hold events and activities.

 

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