Statement by Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, at the Ministerial Panel Discussion on United Nations Reform at the Twenty-Fourth Session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC-24/GMEF), Nairobi, 7 February 2007
In 1945, in San Francisco, the United Nations Organization was established in response to people’s cry for international peace and security in the aftermath of the most devastating war waged by humanity against itself. It was also established based on the strong conviction of its founders that multilateral cooperation is the most powerful instrument to promote and maintain peace and security in the world. For the last 61 years, the United Nations has played an irreplaceable role in maintaining peace and security in the world. In 2001, it received the Nobel Peace Prize as a worldwide recognition of its unique contribution to the promotion and maintenance of international peace and world security.