10 Years of GYBN
We are celebrating our 10-Year Anniversary!
Why should we work together for Biodiversity Week?
As a community that is working together to halt the loss of biodiversity, this can be an instrumental week for us to work together at all levels to show the world the importance of building a future where we are living in harmony with nature.
In the lead up to the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15), IDB 2020 can also provide an opportunity to continue to build momentum toward the adoption of a strong and impactful Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.
Biodiversity Week 2020
The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) takes place every year on May 22. It is the United Nations-sanctioned international day for promoting awareness around biodiversity issues.
This year, IDB offers an opportunity for us as a global community to re-examine our relationship to the natural world, reflect on challenges and accomplishments, and renew our determination in overcoming the environmental challenges facing the world today.
The year 2020 is a pivotal year in environmental governance as we close out the UN Decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020. Thus for this year, the Convention on Biological Diversity has planned a week of celebrations concluding with IBD on May 22nd.
Will you join this global biodiversity movement as we build toward the next half-century of action for our planet?
Our plan for Biodiversity Week 2020: Join Us!
Over Biodiversity Week (May 18-22), we in the Global Youth Biodiversity Network will flood the digital landscape with global conversations, calls to action, empowering videos, exciting activities and video teach-ins about the vital links between biodiversity and climate change, traditional knowledge, health, food security, and culture.
Through this week of action, the Biodiversity Week will create awareness about the building blocks of nature and ecosystems, drive initiatives big and small, give youth across the globe a collaborative platform, and demand bold action for people and nature.
The week will lead up to the International Day for Biological Diversity where all the themes from the week will come together, highlighting our relationship with Biodiversity and with Nature.
Tune into GYBN and our social media channels, including the social media channels of GYBN Chapters around the globe, to check out the actions our chapters and partners are taking for Biodiversity Week. You can also watch, discuss, and participate in webinars and actions featuring youth stories, actions, events, and opportunities for digital collective action.
Learn more about our plans for Biodiversity Week:
Check out the events and activities
planned by our chapters, members
and our partners!
World Day for Cultural Diversity
World Bee Day
Science & Traditional Knowledge
Food Security & Health
World Bee Day
IDB 2020: Our Solutions are in Nature
What do we want to achieve during this Biodiversity Week?
In consultation with the GYBN community, we have set the following objectives for IDB:
To bring a broad understanding that the major environmental challenges of today have solutions in biodiversity
To highlight the importance of biodiversity and its interlinkages with a range of topics including ecosystem services, climate change, traditional knowledge, and human health and well-being
To put a spotlight on the initiatives of youth around the globe in protecting and promoting biodiversity; to learn from, share and be inspired by youth-led biodiversity solutions
To clearly communicate the importance of biodiversity through events and activities from May 18th-22nd, through available media, including social media, videos, pictures, webinars, online Q&A’s, and others
To continue to push for a stronger post-2020 global biodiversity framework, and build a deeper understanding of relevant issues, especially among youth
To engage the public, and reach beyond those who already work, volunteer, and live in the world of biodiversity conservation; to reach a diversity of cultures in as many languages as possible
to use our power as youth to mobilize the world to take the most meaningful actions to halt the loss of biodiversity.
While we might be going digital this year, our goal remains the same:
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The Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) is an international network of 340 youth organizations, representing more than 680,000 youth from 145 countries whose common goal is to prevent the loss of biodiversity. GYBN represents the voice of global youth in the negotiations under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), raises awareness among young people of the values of biodiversity, and connects individuals and youth organizations in order to build a global coalition to halt the loss of biodiversity.
As the official coordination platform for youth participation in the negotiations under the CBD, GYBN is committed to bringing the opinions and positions of young people into the political process, empowering young people to take action. Recognized and supported by the CBD Secretariat, GYBN seeks to inspire global youth and future leaders to work for the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity for a healthy environment and society.
GYBN was created as the result of an international initiative by young people who participated in CBD COP10 in 2010, and was officially established in 2012.
The network is coordinated by an international steering committee and is entirely run by young people for young people.