International Day for Biological Diversity to be marked tomorrow.

ISLAMABAD -- The International Day for Biological Diversity day will be marked on May 22 (Monday) across the globe including Pakistan to raise awareness about preserving endangered habitats.

A wide range of events are organised globally to increase the understanding of the important role of biodiversity in our future. Celebrations are organized by: the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, which forms part of the United Nations Environmental Programme; many national governments; and a range of non-governmental organizations.

Various activities ,are conducted including translating booklets, leaflets and other educational resources into local languages, dissemination of information on biodiversity via schools, colleges, universities, newspapers, radio and television, exhibitions and seminars for students, professionals and the general public, showings of movies on environmental issues, and presentations of programs to preserve endangered species or habitats.

Moreover, plantation drives are also arranged for preventing soil erosion.

Other events such as competitions for children and youth to take photographs or create artwork centered on the annual theme of the day.

In 1992, state and government leaders agreed on a strategy for sustainable development at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, also known as "The Earth Summit", in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sustainable development is a way to meet the needs of people all over the world and ensuring that planet earth remains healthy and viable for future generations. One of the most important agreements reached during the Earth Summit was the Convention on Biological Diversity.

The Convention on Biological Diversity came into force on December 29, 1993, and each...

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