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International Year of Biodiversity Diarienummer: M2010:08

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The UN has proclaimed 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity. Throughout the year activities will be taking place to raise awareness of biological diversity and ecosystem services, and intensive negotiations will be held in several forums to establish instruments to strengthen the implementation of international agreements in the area. The International Year of Biodiversity is an opportunity to increase understanding and knowledge of the significance of biological diversity for life on Earth. The UN will highlight biodiversity at a series of different events and information campaigns will be implemented to spread knowledge and increase awareness of the issue. Governments, agencies and NGOs are contributing in various ways to efforts to raise awareness of biodiversity in 2010.