The decade 2010 to 2020 was officially declared the UN Decade on Biodiversity by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). With that UNGA took up the proposal of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) which had started this initiative at its tenth conference of the parties in October 2010 in Nagoya/Japan.
The ongoing loss of biodiversity is alarming and the 2010 target to at least significantly reduce the rate of loss was missed. To mainstream information on biodiversity and to make a broader public aware of the biodiversity crisis already the year 2010 was proclaimed the International Year of Biodiversity. The UN-Decade on Biodiversity is now following and aims to foster implementation of the 2020 biodiversity targets the international community has set itself via the CBD. CBD member states are urged to take extra efforts to implement their national biodiversity strategies and inform about the progress. Germany opened a specific internet presence with many activities for the UN-Decade.