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Global Coalition for Biodiversity launched on World Wildlife Day

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Relevance IN – Prelims ( about United for Biodiversity coalition and its
objective + about IPBES)What’s the NEWS
 The European Commission (EC) launched the ‘United for Biodiversity’
coalition made up of zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, national parks,
and natural history and science museums from around the world, on
World Wildlife Day 2020
Know! more about the coalition
 The coalition offered the opportunity for all such institutions to “join
forces and boost public awareness about the nature crisis, ahead of the
crucial COP-15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Kunming,
China in October 2020,” when nations will adopt a new global
framework to protect and restore nature
 The coalition adopted a common pledge, citing the Intergovernmental
Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Global
Assessment finding that one million species were already at risk of
extinction, and appeals to visitors to each of their institutions to “raise
their voice for nature.”
 IPBES, formed by the United Nations Environment Programme,
welcomed the formation of the coalition.
Know! the benefits of creating such organisations
 These organisations are vital not only for cataloguing and preserving the
natural world, but are indispensable and invaluable centres for education
and mobilisation — particularly for young leaders and decision-makers of
the future
Know! about IPBES
 The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and
Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an independent intergovernmental bodyestablished by States to strengthen the science-policy interface for
biodiversity and ecosystem services for the conservation and sustainable
use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable
development.
 IPBES was established to improve the interface between science and
policy on issues of biodiversity and ecosystem services.
 It is intended to serve a similar role to the Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change.
 In 2010 a resolution by the 65th session of the United Nations General
Assembly urged the United Nations Environment Programme to convene
a plenary meeting to establish the IPBES.
 It was established in Panama City, on 21 April 2012 by 94 Governments.
 In 2013 an initial conceptual framework was adopted for the prospective
IPBES plenary.
 It is not a United Nations body. However, at the request of the IPBES
Plenary and with the authorization of the UNEP Governing Council in
2013, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) provides
secretariat services to IPBES

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