25th Anniversary of the Entry into Force of the Convention on Biological Diversity

More than twenty-five years have passed since the world gathered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the Earth Summit, and adopted the ground-breaking agreement to protect all life on Earth – the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

On June 5th 1992, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was adopted and opened for signature. On December 29th 1993, the Convention entered into force. 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Since this event, the Convention has been implemented through the vision and leadership displayed by countries, non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations, indigenous peoples and local communities, the scientific community and individuals alike.

The results are considerable: the development of scientific guidance for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity for biomes around the world, the entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization and the creation and implementation of national biodiversity strategies and action plans. After adopting the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, Parties have made significant headway in the achievement of a number of its Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

The world is at an important crossroads, at a time when global loss of biodiversity and healthy ecosystems continues at an unacceptably alarming rate. Thus, even as we celebrate this milestone, the 25th anniversary provides an opportunity to sound an alarm around the world, and highlight the importance of biodiversity – which provides food, fibre, jobs, climate mitigation and resilience, health and well-being – for people and the planet. Throughout the year, and culminating at the UN Biodiversity Conference, governments will be celebrating and marking their achievements. More information on events taking place this year can be found at https://www.cbd.int/2011-2020/actions/worldwide