Statement by Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, on “Fulfilling the Pledge of the Heads of State to Reduce by 2010 the Loss of Biodiversity on Our Planet” at the Conference organized by the United Nations Association in Canada-Montreal in collaboration with the Conseil des relations internationales de Montréal (CORIM), Université du Québec à Montréal, Quebec, Canada, 24 May 2006
Biological diversity is the result of millions of years of evolution on Earth. It comprises the totality of life forms on Earth. Ecosystems provide the essential requirements for life, protection from natural disasters and diseases and the very basis for human culture. However, never since humans appeared on Earth have theydestroyed the basis of their life as during the last fifty years.