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Statement of the Executive Secretary on Mainstreaming Biodiversity into the Millennium Development Goals at the Biodiplomacy Course Lecture Series organized by UNU/IAS on 25 January 2007 in Yokohama, Japan

Biological diversity is the result of millions of years of evolution and comprises the totality of life on Earth. Ecosystems provide the essential requirements for life, protection from natural disasters and diseases and the very basis for human culture. Indeed biodiversity is not only an environmental issue but is also a cultural and spiritual consideration as well as an economic and a financial challenge.

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