New York, 9 November 2009 - Secretary-General's video message for the International Year of Biodiversity - 2010 [initial celebrations began on 9 November 2009]Our lives depend on biological diversity.
Species and ecosystems are disappearing at an unsustainable rate.
We humans are the cause.
We stand to lose a wide variety of environmental goods and services that we take for granted.
The consequences for economies and people will be profound.
Especially for the world's poorest people.
Especially for the Millennium Development Goals.
In 2002, world leaders agreed to substantially reduce the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010.
We know already that the Biodiversity Target will not be met.
We need new vision. And new efforts.
Business as usual is not an option.
For this International Year of Biodiversity, I call on every country and each citizen of our planet to join together in a global alliance to protect life on Earth.
Biodiversity is life. Biodiversity is our life.
Statements on 9 November 2009
- Geneva, Switzerland, 9 November 2009 - Secretary-General's message to Third Conference of the High Contracting Parties to Protocol V to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons
- New York, 9 November 2009 - Secretary-General's message for the International Year of Biodiversity [initial celebrations begin n 9 November 2009]
- New York, 9 November 2009 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the formation of a Government of Lebanon
- New York, 9 November 2009 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall