Statement by His Excellency Mr. Li Ganjie, Minister of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China

We only have one earth, on which we all live and upon which we all depend. Biodiversity is the foundation for human survival and development. Protecting global biodiversity is in the interest of every one of us. It is an important part of the vision of building a community of shared future for mankind and also the mission of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

The Action Agenda is both a challenge and a tool for all those who are committed to safeguarding life on Earth. With this initiative, we are calling on Parties to redouble their efforts to halt biodiversity loss.

The Action Agenda online platform will allow us and our partners to measure progress on biodiversity goals, assess the impact and identify gaps. This is urgently needed as we work to lay the foundation for a highly ambitious, and yet achievable, global biodiversity framework for the next decade.

As Host Country of the fifteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), China looks forward to hosting you all in 2020 in Kunming.

- His Excellency Mr. Li Ganjie, Minister of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China