INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY: MAY 22, 2014

 

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY

Quick Facts

The International Day for Biological Diversity is an occasion to increase the global understanding and awareness of issues and challenges around biodiversity.

Local names

Name Language
International Day for Biological Diversity English
Día Internacional de la Diversidad Biológica Spanish
היום בינלאומי לשימור מגוון הביולוגי Hebrew
اليوم العالمي للتنوع الأحيائي Arabic
생물 다양성에 대한 국제 날 Korean
Internationaler Tag zur Erhaltung der Artenvielfalt German

International Day for Biological Diversity 2014

Thursday, May 22, 2014

International Day for Biological Diversity 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

On May 22, 1992, the text of the Convention on Biological Diversity was adopted by the of the United Nations at a conference in Nairobi, Kenya. Since 2001, the International Day for Biological Diversity is celebrated each year on the anniversary of this date.

International Day for Biological Diversity

The International Day for Biological Diversity raises awareness about preserving endangered habitats.

©iStockphoto.com/Terraxplorer

What do people do?

A wide range of events are organized globally to increase the understanding of the important role of biodiversity in our future. Celebrations are organized by: the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, which forms part of the United Nations Environmental Programme; many national governments; and a range of non-governmental organizations.

Activities include:

  • Translating booklets, leaflets and other educational resources into local languages.
  • Distributing information on biodiversity via schools, colleges, universities, newspapers, radio and television.
  • Exhibitions and seminars for students, professionals and the general public.
  • Showings of movies on environmental issues.
  • Presentations of programs to preserve endangered species or habitats.
  • Planting trees and other plants that help prevent erosion.

Politicians may also give speeches on local environmental issues and other events may include competitions for children and young people to take photographs or create artwork centered on the annual theme of the day.

Public life

The International Day for Biological Diversity is an observance and not a public holiday.

Background

In 1992 state and government leaders agreed on a strategy for sustainable development at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, also known as “The Earth Summit”, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sustainable development is a way to meet the needs of people all over the world and ensuring that planet earth remains healthy and viable for future generations. One of the most important agreements reached during the Earth Summit was the Convention on Biological Diversity.

The Convention on Biological Diversity came into force on December 29, 1993, and each anniversary of this date was designated the International Day for Biological Diversity. From 2001 onwards the date of this celebration was moved to May 22 due to the number of holidays that fell in late December. On this date in 1992, the text of the Convention on Biological Diversity was adopted at a United Nations at a conference in Nairobi, Kenya.

Each year, the International Day for Biodiversity focuses on a particular theme. Recently, the themes have been: Biodiversity and Poverty Alleviation (2003); Biodiversity: Food, Water and Health for All (2004); Biodiversity: Life Insurance for our Changing World (2005); Protect Biodiversity in Drylands (2006); and Biodiversity and Climate Change (2007); and Biodiversity and Agriculture (2008).

Symbols

The International Day for Biological Diversity is part of a series of activities to focus attention on the Convention on Biological Diversity. The symbol of this convention is a stylized image of a twig or branch with three green leaves. Depending on the background, the leaves may be just outlines or green blocks. Each year a piece of artwork is commissioned to reflect the theme. Details of the artwork are used as symbols for different aspects of the International Day for Biological Diversity.

International Day for Biological Diversity Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Wed Dec 29 1993 International Day for Biological Diversity United Nations observance
Thu Dec 29 1994 International Day for Biological Diversity United Nations observance
Fri Dec 29 1995 International Day for Biological Diversity United Nations observance
Sun Dec 29 1996 International Day for Biological Diversity United Nations observance
Mon Dec 29 1997 International Day for Biological Diversity United Nations observance
Tue Dec 29 1998 International Day for Biological Diversity United Nations observance
Wed Dec 29 1999 International Day for Biological Diversity United Nations observance
Fri Dec 29 2000 International Day for Biological Diversity United Nations observance
Tue May 22 2001 International Day for Biological Diversity United Nations observance
Wed May 22 2002 International Day for Biological Diversity United Nations observance
Thu May 22 2003 International Day for Biological Diversity United Nations observance
Sat May 22 2004 International Day for Biological Diversity United Nations observance
Sun May 22 2005 International Day for Biological Diversity United Nations observance
Mon May 22 2006 International Day for Biological Diversity United Nations observance
Tue May 22 2007 International Day for Biological Diversity United Nations observance
Thu May 22 2008 International Day for Biological Diversity United Nations observance
Fri May 22 2009 International Day for Biological Diversity United Nations observance
Sat May 22 2010 International Day for Biological Diversity United Nations observance
Sun May 22 2011 International Day for Biological Diversity United Nations observance
Tue May 22 2012 International Day for Biological Diversity United Nations observance
Wed May 22 2013 International Day for Biological Diversity United Nations observance
Thu May 22 2014 International Day for Biological Diversity United Nations observance
Fri May 22 2015 International Day for Biological Diversity United Nations observance
Sun May 22 2016 International Day for Biological Diversity United Nations observance
Mon May 22 2017 International Day for Biological Diversity United Nations observance
Tue May 22 2018 International Day for Biological Diversity United Nations observance
Wed May 22 2019 International Day for Biological Diversity United Nations observance
Fri May 22 2020 International Day for Biological Diversity United Nations observance

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s