International Biodiversity Day

International Biodiversity Day in United Nations in 2021
The different species of thermophile bacteria that live in the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park, United States, make this multicolored layers around the spring. Image via U.S. National Park Service

About International Biodiversity Day

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Dates of International Biodiversity Day
2022 United Nations Sunday, May 22ndInternational Biodiversity Day
2021 United Nations Saturday, May 22ndInternational Biodiversity Day
2020 United Nations Friday, May 22ndInternational Biodiversity Day
2019 United Nations Wednesday, May 22ndInternational Biodiversity Day
The General Assembly of the United Nations declared May 22 as the International Biodiversity Day to raise the awareness of citizens and increase understanding of the importance of its conservation and sustainable use.

While there is a growing recognition that biological diversity is a global asset of tremendous value to present and future generations, the number of species is being significantly reduced by certain human activities.

The Convention on Biological Diversity is the international legal instrument for "the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources" that has been ratified by 196 nations.

Given the importance of public education and awareness for the implementation of the Convention, the General Assembly proclaimed May 22nd, the date of the adoption of its text, as the International Day for Biological Diversity by its resolution 55/201 of December 20th 2000.

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