2010 Equator Events
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Since its inception in 2002, the Equator Initiative has hosted and supported a large number of events in support of community work to achieve the MDGs. These events have explored the community role in protecting the environment and raising incomes and provide a highly substantive backdrop for the many additional advocacy and outreach events that the Equator Initiative organizes each year. Each event has been documented on its own website. We invite you to learn more about these special activities and about the critical role communities play in poverty reduction and biodiversity conservation.

18-29 October 2010 - Tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD

logo_wordsThe tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 10) was held in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, from 18 to 29 October 2010. The Equator Initiative, UNDP, and the UNDP/GEF Small Grants Programme hosted a variety of side events, fora, and educational activities to promote international policy supporting the conservation of the earth's biological diversity.

20 September 2010 - Equator Prize 2010 Awards Ceremony

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The event, Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Climate Change: Scaling Up Local Solutions to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals, was held on Monday 20 September 2010 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York to coincide with the opening day of the UN MDG Review Summit and attracted over 500 participants, including: heads of state, ministers and members of the diplomatic corps from more than 60 countries; celebrities serving as UN Goodwill Ambassadors; top officials from UN agencies, civil society organizations, foundations and the private sector; leading academics and experts; and the media.

1 May-30 July 2010 - Exhibit on “Indigenous Peoples and Biodiversity”

Screen_clipping_phu_myFrom 1 May to 30 July, 2010, the Equator Initiative presented a photo exhibit entitled “Indigenous Peoples and Biodiversity” in the United Nations Secretariat Lobby. The exhibit featured panels on seven indigenous Equator Prize winning communities.

8-10 June 2010 - International Conference on Biological and Cultural Diversity

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On 8-10 June 2010, civil society, representatives of indigenous and local populations, policy makers, scientists, and intergovernmental and development cooperation agencies met in Montreal, Canada during the 16th edition of the International Economic Forum of the Americas for the International Conference on Biological and Cultural Diversity: Diversity for Development, Development for Diversity.

30 April 2010 - The Role of Biodiversity and Ecosystems in Supporting Child Health

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On 30 April 2010, UNEP, UNDP, and the CBD partnered together along with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the American Museum of Natural History to present a special event on the Role of Biodiversity and Healthy Ecosystems in Supporting Child Health at the American Museum of Natural History.

28-29 April 2010 - IIED Symposium on linkage between Biodiversity Conservation and Poverty Reduction

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On 28-29 April 2010, the Equator Initiative team, along with 12 Equator Prize-winning community representatives, participated in a symposium entitled "Linking Biodiversity Conservation and Poverty Reduction: What, Why, and How?" sponsored by the International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED) in London, England.

12 February 2010 - Biodiversity for Local Livelihoods Brown Bag Lunch

bllOn 12 February 2010 the Equator Initiative and the GEF-Small Grants Programme hosted a "Brown Bag" lunch to present work being done in partnership with the Secretariat to the Convention on Biological Diversity on a project called "Biodiversity for Local Livelihoods".

11 February 2010 - Press Conference on the Launch of the International Year of Biodiversity

Following the official North American Launch of the International Year of Biodiversity held at the American Museum of Natural History on 10 February 2010, an official press conference was held at the United Nations Secretariat in New York. The press conference was moderated by Charles Dickson, UNDP Environment and Energy Group Communications Specialists, who also re-issued the Equator Prize 2010 Call for Nominations.

10 February 2010 - North American Launch of the International Year of Biodiversity

225 On February 10, 2010, the Equator Initiative hosted the North American Launch of the International Year of Biodiversity at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.  The event featured statements from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a round table discussion with leading biodiversity scientists, and a sneak preview of Life, the Discovery Channel and BBC's follow-up to the critically acclaimed series Planet Earth.