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Secretary-General, in Message to World Conservation Congress, Says Combination
Of Science, Passion Needed to Translate Rio Commitments into Lasting Legacy
Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s video message to the fifth International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) World Conservation Congress, held in Jeju Province, Republic of Korea, 6-15 September:
I am pleased to greet the fifth International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) World Conservation Congress. I thank the Government of the Republic of Korea and Jeju Province for hosting.
Jeju Island embodies the intricate beauty and harmony of nature for which IUCN is such a successful advocate. The United Nations places great value on its partnership with IUCN. Thanks to its observer status in the United Nations General Assembly, your organization is a dynamic participant in our discussions. And indeed, we need your voice and your engagement.
Our planet faces formidable environmental challenges. It is increasingly clear to an ever-greater number of people — from pastoralists to policy makers — that our well-being and sustainable development depend on taking nature into account in all our decision-making. This understanding was reinforced at the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development earlier this year.
Our challenge now is to turn the Rio commitments into a lasting legacy. For that we will need the combination of science and passion that IUCN has provided for so many years.
The theme of your Congress — “the Resilience of Nature” — tells us that there is still time to change course. The world counts on you to help us build the future we want. I look forward to working with you in that crucial endeavour, and I wish you a successful meeting.
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