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CBD Executive Secretary Stresses Synergies among Environmental Agreements on International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

Message from Ahmed Djoghlaf Executive Secretary CBD, on the Occasion of the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 16 September 2008: On the occasion of the International Day

for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of

the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), noted the success that the

Montreal Protocol has achieved through international cooperation.

He stated

that this year's theme, “Global partnership for global benefits,” emphasizes

the need for cooperation between all stakeholders at all levels and that the

Protocol's achievements have: protected the ozone layer; exemplified the

effectiveness of international cooperation; and emphasized the

interconnectedness of all life on Earth.

He pointed to the benefits for the

fight against climate change and biodiversity loss generated by efforts to

reduce the use of ozone-depleting substances, thereby illustrating the

synergies among all environmental agreements. Noting the need to involve all

stakeholders in the implementation of a convention, he underlined that the Day

not only raises awareness of the importance of protecting the ozone layer, but

also of the urgency to preserve all life on Earth.

In conclusion, Djoghlaf

reiterated the CBD Secretariat's commitment to support the efforts of the

international community aimed at protecting the ozone layer as a contribution to

the mitigation of biodiversity loss. [The

statement]