The International Day for Biological Diversity to be observed on Friday (May 22) to increase the global understanding and awareness of issues and challenges around biodiversity.
Theme for year 2015 is “Biodiversity for Sustainable Development”.
This year’s theme reflects the importance of efforts made at all levels to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda for the period of 2015-2030 and the relevance of biodiversity for the achievement of sustainable development.
On May 22, 1992, the text of the Convention on Biological Diversity was adopted by the United Nations at a conference in Nairobi, Kenya. Since 2001, the International Day for Biological Diversity is observed each.
The day raises awareness about preserving endangered habitats.
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.
Information is distributed on biodiversity via schools, colleges, universities, newspapers, radio and television. Exhibitions and seminars are held for students, professionals and the general public.
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.
The International Day for Biological Diversity is part of a series of activities to focus attention on the Convention on Biological Diversity.