What lies ahead

Dr Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, visited IUCN headquarters last Friday to talk about upcoming events related to the Convention: the UN General Assembly special high-level session on biodiversity which takes place on 22 September in New York and the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties in Nagoya, Japan in October.

Dr Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity at IUCN headquarters, 2 September 2010 Photo: IUCN

The Convention on Biological Diversity is an international legally binding treaty signed by 193 countries whose aim is to conserve biological diversity and to make sure that it is used in a sustainable way and its benefits are shared fairly and equitably. In May 2002 Parties to the Convention adopted the ‘2010 Biodiversity Target’ committing themselves to reduce the current rate of biodiversity loss by 2010.

But today we know that world leaders have failed to meet these commitments and biodiversity loss is continuing at unprecedented rates. A new, legally-binding agreement is expected to be signed at the meeting in Nagoya, which is seen by many as a last-ditch attempt to stop the alarming rate of biodiversity loss.

Following the speech and a short tour of IUCN’s Conservation Centre, we asked Dr Ahmed Djoghlaf about his hopes and expectations related to the upcoming events and what, in his opinion, needs to change in our mindsets to ensure a sustainable future.


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