CBD Executive Secretary Addresses ECOSOC High-Level Segment
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1 July 2008: In his address to the Annual Ministerial Review of the High-level Segment of the 2008 Substantive Session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), stressed that the UN’s priority challenges as identified by the UN Secretary-General – natural disasters, climate […]

1 July 2008: In his
address to the Annual Ministerial Review of the High-level Segment of the 2008
Substantive Session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Ahmed
Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD),
stressed that the UN’s priority challenges as identified by the UN
Secretary-General – natural disasters, climate change, the food crisis and the
surge in fuel prices – are deeply rooted in the unprecedented loss of
biodiversity.

He said “meeting the
planetary challenges of the unprecedented loss of biodiversity in a warmer and
increasingly urbanized planet calls for the active engagement of all the
citizens of the world. It also requires a paradigm shift in the relation with
mother nature, as well as societal changes of a structural and systemic
nature.” [The statement]

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