The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 — 2020 the UN-Decade of Biodiversity, following a recommendation of the Parties to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) at their conference in October 2010.
By doing so, the United Nations emphasise the ecological, economic, cultural, social and aesthetic dimension of biodiversity and its overall significance for sustainable development.
The UN Decade aims to make a contribution to achieving the revised and updated global biodiversity targets agreed at the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP10) to the Convention of Biological Diversity. The biodiversity targets and a new strategy take into consideration the ongoing biodiversity loss on a global scale.
The Decade builds on the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity. See what CBD writes to its National Focal Points here.