Statement by Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, to the Twenty-Fourth Session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC-24/GMEF), Nairobi, 7 February 2007
The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment called for unprecedented efforts to achieve the 2010 biodiversity target. The 4,000 participants, including 95 ministers, who attended the eight meeting of the Conference of the Parties, held in Curitiba in March 2006, responded to this call for urgent action by launching a new era of enhanced phase of implementation of the three objectives of the Convention. The Secretary-General of the United Nations has also responded to this call by recommending to the General Assembly at its sixty-first session the integration of the 2010 biodiversity target into the Millennium Development Goals. The United Nations General Assembly also responded to this call in adopting in December last year its decision proclaiming 2010 as the International Year on Biodiversity.