Indonesia to hold talk show to celebrate world biodiversity day

Senin, 20 Mei 2013 | 08:47

Indonesia`s Environmental Affairs Ministry will organize a talk show on \"Challenge and Opportunity of Nagoya Protocol for Indonesia\" on May 22, coinciding with the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB). Environmental Affairs Minister Balthasar Kambuaya will officially open the talk show which will have among others former environmental and population affairs minister Emil Salim as a speaker, Arief Yuwono, deputy environmental affairs minister, said here on Friday.

Indonesia has played an active role in international talks on biodiversity and has ratified the Biological Diversity Convention through the Law No.5/1994, he said.

The International community will observe the International Day for Biodiversity on May 22, 2013, to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

UNESCO has been chosen as the lead agency to promote the global celebrations and to help raise awareness on the critical issues facing water management.

The theme "Water and Biodiversity" was chosen to coincide with the United Nations designation of 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation.

Designation of IDB 2013 on the theme of water provides Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the public at large the opportunity to raise awareness about this vital issue, and to increase positive action. Read the notification.

Coincidentally, the period 2005-2015 is the International Decade for Action "Water For Life". Water is essential for life. No living being on planet Earth can survive without it. It is a prerequisite for human health and well-being as well as for the preservation of the environment.

When first created by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in late 1993, 29 December (the date of entry into force of the Convention of Biological Diversity), was designated The International Day for Biological Diversity.

In December 2000, the UN General Assembly adopted 22 May as IDB, to commemorate the adoption of the text of the Convention on 22 May 1992 by the Nairobi Final Act of the Conference for the Adoption of the Agreed Text of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

This was partly done because it was difficult for many countries to plan and carry out suitable celebrations for the date of 29 December, given the number of holidays that coincide around that time of year.