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Monday, October 18, 2010

Ten years to solve nature crisis, UN meeting hears

Hopetoun Falls, Beech Forest, near Otway Natio...Image via Wikipedia 'Ten years' to solve nature crisis, UN meeting hears...

Environment correspondent, BBC News, Nagoya, Japan

Delegates will consider adopting new set of targets for 2020 that aim to tackle biodiversity loss The UN biodiversity convention meeting has opened with warnings that the ongoing loss of nature is hurting human societies as well as the natural world.

The two-week gathering aims to set new targets for conserving life on Earth.

Japan's Environment Minister Ryo Matsumoto said biodiversity loss would become irreversible unless curbed soon.

Much hope is being pinned on economic analyses showing the loss of species and ecosystems is costing the global economy trillions of dollars each year.

Ahmed Djoghlaf, executive secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), described the meeting in Nagoya, Japan, as a "defining moment" in the history of mankind.

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"[Buddhist scholar] Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki said 'the problem of nature is the problem of human life'. Today, unfortunately, human life is a problem for nature," he told delegates in his opening speech.

Referring to the target set at the UN World Summit in 2002, he said:

"Let's have the courage to look in the eyes of our children and admit that we have failed, individually and collectively, to fulfil the Johannesburg promise made by 110 heads of state to substantially reduce the rate of loss of biodiversity by 2010.

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At October 24, 2010 at 10:00 PM , Anonymous Multibrand said...

Let's hope that countries member of UN would all share the same opinion and feeling on the importance of maintaining nature's beauty and treasures.

At October 24, 2010 at 10:04 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

I second that, Harry. Thanks for your comments.



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