UN Day for South-South Cooperation: CBD Executive Secretary Addresses Disaster Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) 17 December 2008: On the occasion of the fifth annual UN Day for South-South Cooperation and the Launch of the Global South-South Development Expo, organized by the UN Development Programme on 17 December 2008, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), drew attention to statistics coming from climate-related natural disasters.

He stressed that biodiversity loss can worsen the effects of climate

change, and deplored that, despite the demonstrated ability of

biodiversity to both stabilize the climate and mitigate the effects of

climate change, efforts to halt its loss are proceeding slowly, while

climate change itself is accelerating these trends.

He noted that South-South cooperation is an important way for the

countries that will be hardest hit by climate change to share

strategies for assessing and reducing climate change risk, adding that

the importance of incorporating the many values of biodiversity into

the process of South-South cooperation was explicitly recognized in

2006. [The Statement]