CBD Executive Secretary Addresses ECOSOC High-Level Segment

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


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]