The United Nations proclaimed 22 May as the International Day for Biological Diversity to promote a greater understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.
The theme of the 2011 International Day for Biological Diversity is “Forest Biodiversity”. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD Secretariat) encourages governments and civil society everywhere to organize activities and events to celebrate this day, raise public awareness, showcase good practices and inspire further actions for preserving forest biodiversity.
Meryem C. Amar Information Officer Division of Communications and Public Information United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – www.unep.org/billiontreecampaign
Plant for the Planet: The Billion Tree Campaign
The Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign is a worldwide tree planting initiative facilitated by the United Nations Environment Programme. People, communities, businesses, industry, civil society organizations and governments are encouraged to enter tree planting pledges on-line. The campaign strongly encourages the planting of indigenous trees and trees that are appropriate to the local environment.
Singapore – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the successful conclusion of its Vision 2050 meeting in Singapore. In total thirty-five strategic thinkers gathered in Singapore under the inspirational leadership of Singapore’s Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and benefitting from the competitiveness expertise of Harvard University’s Professor Michael Porter.
“Aviation is a unique industry. In 2011 we expect to generate almost $600 billion in revenues with the burden of $205 billion in debt. The industry’s activity is critical. Aviation supports 32 million jobs and facilitates the global village by supporting $3.5 trillion in economic activity. Our commitments to tackle climate change are the most ambitious of any global industry. And we are the safest mode of transport. But our margins are pathetic – just 0.1% over the last 40 years. This is not sustainable. We need to look ahead to anticipate change as we prepare to handle the 16 billion passengers and 400 million tonnes of freight that we will handle in 2050,” said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General and CEO.
ShelterBox is responding to the massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan. The earthquake struck off the north-eastern shore of Japan at 2.46pm local time on Friday, March 11 sparking a 10 metre tsunami that caused widespread devastation.
ShelterBox were on the ground less than 24 hours after the earthquake struck; one of the first international aid agencies to arrive in the country. A highly-experienced and extensively trained ShelterBox Response Team will be spear-heading the relief effort.
Kevin Conroy Director of User Experience and Product Development GlobalGiving Foundation – www.globalgiving.org
The north coast of Japan was hit by a horrible tsunami after a 9.0 magnitude earthquake that occurred 80 miles offshore. This fund will support organizations providing relief and aid to victims.
Tsunami waves caused major destruction in northern Japan. Current figures are that 5,178 people died and 8,606 are missing GlobalGiving are working with International Medical Corps, Save the Children, and other organizations on the ground to provide support. Their partners on the ground are working hard to provide immediate relief. They will post more details of the specific use of funds as soon as possible. All donors will get email updates on how their funds have been used.
Relief efforts for the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami continue to be hampered by the ongoing nuclear crisis, supply shortages and frigid temperatures. Save the Children carried out an exploratory mission north of hard-hit Sendai and found children living in desperate conditions.
Save the Children has opened the first child-friendly space in Japan, protective environments where children can gather to play and share their experiences under the supervision of trained, caring adults.