The International Day for Biological Diversity is marked on May 22. This year, the day is falling on a Saturday. As the name suggests, International Day for Biological Diversity is observed to raise and create awareness about biodiversity issues. The theme of the day this year has been finalised as, “We’re part of the solution .”
On the occasion of International Day for Biological Diversity, UN Secretary-General António Guterres raised an alarm over the depleting biodiversity across the world stating that it was ‘declining at an unprecedented rate’. With the world battling COVID-19, the UN Chief stated that this was the opportune moment to re-establish the relationship between people and nature, sharing the importance of this balance for the planet.
“A healthy planet is critical for achieving sustainable development goals. Yet, biodiversity is declining at an unprecedented and alarming rate, and the pressures are intensifying. We are depleting resources faster than nature can replenish them. COVID-19 has further reminded us of the intimate relationship between people and nature. The current crisis provides an opportunity to recover better,” he said.
According to the official website of the United Nations, conservation and protection of biodiversity and nature-based solutions to climate, health, food and water scarcity issues will help sustain human well-being in the present and in the future.