Thursday, February 04, 2010

UNESCO Meeting on Biodiversity

Source: Maxims News Network, February 4, 2010

"Concern about the unprecedented erosion of biodiversity was discussed at the event organized at United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters recently by high-level participants including Irina Bokova, the new UNESCO Director-General; Davidson Hepburn, Chairperson of UNESCO General Conference; Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); Jochen Flashbarth, President of the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties (COP 9) to the CBD; Monique Barbut, Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of the Global Biodiversity Facility (GEF) and Angel Cropper, Deputy Executive Director the the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

"There was a unanimous conclusion of all the participants that halting the unprecedented erosion of biodiversity and raising awareness of the need to change our behaviour are urgent priorities.

"The Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, declared in a video message at the opening of the meeting that, 'We must not be discouraged by the outcomes' of the UN Climate Change Conference last December in Copenhagen."

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