Since the proclamation of 22 May as the International Day for Biological Diversity (IBD) by the United Nations, many commemorative ceremonies have been held all over the world on this day to increase awareness and understanding of biodiversity issues.
The United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) and the Ministry of the Environment Japan (MOEJ) hosted the Symposium on the International Day for Biological Diversity on the theme for this year, “Marine Biodiversity”, as a part of initiatives lead by UNU-ISP and MOEJ to support the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.
Japan has enjoyed and developed with the significant blessings of the surrounding sea. This symposium served as an opportunity to raise awareness of biodiversity among the public and consider about people, ocean and sustainable use of oceanic resources through the presentations and discussions.
Date: 22 May 2012,
Location: Elizabeth Rose Hall, UNU Headquarters 5F, Tokyo, Japan
Organizer: UNU-ISP, MOEJ
Co-Organizers: Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), Japan Committee for UNDB, Global Environmental Outreach Centre（GEOC）