22 May- International Day For Biological Diversity

Every year 22 May is celebrated as IDB - International Day For Biological Diversity, proclaimed by the United Nations - UN. The theme for this year is - "We are part of the solution."

World: Every year 22 May is celebrated as IDB – International Day For Biological Diversity, proclaimed by the United Nations – UN. The theme for this year is – “We are part of the solution.”

UN-declared International Day For Biological Diversity to raise global awareness among people regarding the issues and protection of Biodiversity. 

In late 1993, the United Nations’ second committee first created 29 December (the date of entry into force of the – Convention of Biological Diversity), designated ad – International Day For Biological Diversity.

Then in the year 2000, the UN adopted 22 May as the International Day For Biological Diversity – IDB to mark the adoption of the text of the Convention on – 22 May 1992 by the – Nairobi final act of the – convention for the adoption of the agreed text of the – Convention on Biological Diversity – CBD.

This was done as it was difficult for many nations to plan, organize and carry out suitable celebrations for 29 December. 

This years theme was picked as – 

  • To remind everyone that their actions are needed to ensure that Biodiversity is protected in order to secure sustainable development.
  •  Sustainable lifestyle choices must be made available to everyone, everywhere.
  • For solutions exist to protect Earth’s genetic diversity on land and sea, everybody has a role to play.
  •  Nations to adopt robust, ambitious post-2020 global biodiversity framework in October, relevant for both the post-pandemic period of reconstruction and in building the resilience needed in the face of growing environmental, health and development challenges.

The theme for last year’s International Day For Biological Diversity- 2020 -was ‘Our solutions are in nature.’

On the 2021 IDB day, UN Secretary-General – António Guterres stated, “We need to protect nature, restore ecosystems and establish a balance in our relationship with the planet. The rewards will tremendous. By reversing biodiversity loss, we can improve human health, realize sustainable development and address the climate emergency. Solutions exist to protect our planet’s genetic diversity on land and at sea. Everybody has a part to play.”

 It is our duty to protect our biodiversity for the sustainable development of the world.