The International Day for Biological Diversity was established by the United Nations to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. When first created by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in late 1993, the date 29 December (the date of entry into force of the Convention of Biological Diversity) was officially designated to celebrate the event. It wasn’t until December 2000 that the UN General Assembly changed the date to 22 May, commemorating the adoption of the text of the Convention on Biological Diversity which culminated on 22 May 1992 with the Nairobi Final Act of the Conference for the Adoption of the Agreed Text of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
The theme for this year is Water and Biodiversity to coincide with the UN-designated International Year of Water Cooperation.
ICIMOD celebrates this important day each year, and the following activities are proposed for this year:
Activities at ICIMOD Headquarters in Nepal, organized with local partner Small Earth Nepal (SEN):
Activities organized by ICIMOD Pakistan Country Office: