News and Press

In this section, you will find information on Go4BioDiv that may be useful for press and media, media coverage on  Go4BioDiv, and the Go4BioDiv Newsletters at the end of the page.


Mrs Jayanthi Natarajan, Honorable Minister for Environment and Forests released the Go4BioDiv Brochure during the High Level Segment at CBD COP 11 in Hyderabad.

She said, in her message, “ It gives me great pleasure to inform all concerned that the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India is hosting the globally acclaimed Go4BioDiv International Youth Forum on the margins of the eleventh Conference of Parties (CoP-11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) being held in India from 1-19 October, 2012 at Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh”.  At the end, she said, “ I wish the G04BioDiv Messengers a professionally rewarding stay in India and convey my appreciation to the organizers and sponsors of this event, which would contribute to harness the productive energies of the youth in strengthening biodiversity conservation”

Read her full message and details on Go4BioDiv in this Brochure here.

For more pictures and related stories, visit the Facebook page of Go4BioDiv

Media Coverage and Press Releases:

Youth Forum in Parallel to CBD, Postnoon, September 24, 2012

Expo to show destruction of mangroves, Deccan Chronicles, Hyderabad, September 30 2012

Fish speaks for threatened marine life. The Hindu, Hyderabad, October 6, 2012

News in Images: News Wala, October 10, 2012

Go4BioDiv India 2012 & ‘A Fish from the Sea’s Edge’ by Silas Birtwistle, News Wala, Hyderabad, October 11, 2012

Fish from the Sea’s Edge, Prakriti Mitra, Hyderabad, October 15, 2012

‘Fish’ to highlight plight of coastal pollution” Deccan herald, Hyderabad, October 19 2012

Giants of biodiversity: A belly full of ecosystems, Business Mirror, Hyderabad, October 19 2012

Go4BioDiv International Youth Forum – Declaration, Prakriti Mitra, Hyderabad, October 18, 2012

Go4BioDiv International Youth Forum – Declaration

Go4BioDiv International Youth Forum – Declaration

Message on Conservation, The Hindu, Hyderabad, October 18, 2012

Step it up, The New Indian Express, Hyderabad, October 18 2012

In a Joyous Mood, The Hans India, Hyderabad, October 18, 2012

Youth Declaration, Hyderabad biodiversity talks: day 10 diary. RTCC, October 18, 2012

Go4BioDiv Youth Messengers

CBD COP 11: Uniting Youth voices from around the World on biodiversity, Rio Pavilion TV (Interview:Jannes Landschoff, Go4BioDiv 2012 Messenger)

Palau Proves Sharks Worth More Alive Than Dead (Heather Ketebengang, A Go4BioDiv messenger from palau shares her views)


COP11 biodiversity: Go4BioDiv India 2012 & ‘A Fish from the Sea’s Edge’ by Silas Birtwistle, The Earth and the Worlds beyond. October 6, 2012

Joint Youth Intervention at HLS – Go4Biodiv & GYBN, October 18th, Hyderabad

Press Releases:

October 17, 2012Go4BioDiv Declaration Go4BioDiv International Youth Forum – Declaration: Conserving coastal and marine biodiversity for sustaining life and livelihoods, October 17, 2012

October 5, 2012: Go4BioDiv Art exhibition at CBD COP 11 launched, Hyderabad.

June 27 2012: Honors for the International Youth Forum “Go4BioDiv”- Go4BioDiv recognized as project of the UN-Decade for Biological Diversity:  The International Youth Forum Go4BioDiv is now officially recognized as a “UN Decade Project on Biological Diversity”. This prestigious award distinguishes initiatives, which contribute to biodiversity conservation in an innovative and exemplary way. With this award, the outstanding commitment of Go4BioDiv for involving young adults in biodiversity conservation is acknowledged. 

Read Full story Go4BioDiv recognized as project of the UN‑Decade for Biological Diversity  

In German: Go4BioDiv PM UN-Decade German    

June 5 2012: Presidential honours for Go4BioDiv – Germany’s President Gauck was informed about Go4BioDiv: Visit the Facebook Page for news and photos

Go4BioDiv Newsletter:

Prior to the Youth Forum in October 2012, monthly Newsletter will facilitate sharing of personal stories from the Go4BioDiv Messengers and background information on their sites and activities, as well as experiences and knowledge from other youth initiatives and coastal marine experts.


October 13-14 (Weekend Edition)

October 12 2012

October 11 2012

October 2012 Newsletter

Volume 2 Issue 7

Aug-Sept 2012 Newsletter
Volume 2 Issue 6

July 2012 Newsletter
Volumet 2 Issue 5

June 2012 Newsletter
Volume 2 Issue 4

May 2012 Newsletter
Volume 2 Issue 3

April 2012 News Letter
Volume 2 Issue 2


Information for Media:

What is Go4BioDiv? Who are the participants? Who are the partners? What is expected from the process?

Young people will have to bear the consequences of today’s actions and decisions – therefore their points of view should play an important role in political discussions and decision-making. The International Youth Forum Go4BioDiv gives young adults between 18 and 29 the possibility to engage in the Conferences of the Parties of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD-COP).

Go4BioDiv Brochure

Here is the Go4BioDiv Flyer that provides an overview of Go4BioDiv, institutional partners, and main phases.

Here is a Powerpoint Slideshow  for a quick snapshot on Go4BioDiv

Here is the information on the 2012 Go4BioDiv Messengers

What will the Go4BioDiv Messengers do in Sundarbans and Hyderabad?

Go4BioDiv Programme Overview and Day-to-Day Schedule:

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Media Contact for Go4BioDiv 2012:

Dr Neeraj Khera
Phone: +919810488423