This year’s theme reflects the importance of efforts made at all levels to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda for the period of 2015-2030 and the relevance of biodiversity for the achievement of sustainable development.

The selection of the theme also underlines the adoption of the Gangwon Declaration, by ministers and participants to the High-level Segment of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The Gangwon Declaration welcomed the importance given to biodiversity in the outcome documentof the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals and called for the further integration and mainstreaming of biodiversity in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Themes:

·         2015 - Biodiversity for Sustainable Development

·         2014 - Island Biodiversity

·         2013 - Water and Biodiversity

·         2012 - Marine Biodiversity

·         2011 - Forest Biodiversity

·         2010 - Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation

·         2009 - Invasive Alien Species

·         2008 - Biodiversity and Agriculture

·         2007 - Biodiversity and Climate Change

·         2006 - Protect Biodiversity in Drylands

·         2005 - Biodiversity: Life Insurance for our Changing World

·         2004 - Biodiversity: Food, Water and Health for All

·         2003 - Biodiversity and poverty alleviation - challenges for sustainable development

·         2002 - Dedicated to forest biodiversity