In 2018, the Convention on Biological Diversity will celebrate 25 years since its entry into force. 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. The following guidance note outlines how this anniversary can be used to celebrate 25 years of action for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and the equitable sharing of benefits from the use of genetic resources. This is a land mark moment in the history of the CBD.
The 25th anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the Convention, to communicate to the world the importance of biodiversity, and also to urge strengthened efforts to achieve the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and related commitments including the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Secretariat will invite parties to the Convention to participate in the 25th anniversary by organizing and hosting local celebrations on 22 May 2018, the International Day for Biodiversity. These celebrations are an opportunity for each country to highlight their achievements and report on the progress made thus far towards the implementation of the Convention.