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Statement by Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity at the Opening of the Meeting on “Cities and Biodiversity: Achieving the 2010 Biodiversity Target”, Curitiba, Brazil, 26 March 2007.

When a family faces crises, it gets together and celebration of anniversaries is a good opportunity to provide a collective response to meet these challenges. As evidenced by the messages that we heard this morning humanity is facing unprecedented environmental challenges. The city of Curitiba at the occasion of its 314th anniversary has decided to assemble the mayors of the world to provide a collective response to the unprecedented loss of biodiversity of our planet. Humanity stands at a defining moment of its history.<br><br><table width=120> <tr><b>Other languages:</b></tr> <tr><td>French </td><td><a href="/doc/speech/2007/sp-2007-03-26-mayors-fr.pdf"><img src='/images/ico-fmt-pdf.gif' border='0' width='20' height='22'></a><a href="/doc/speech/2007/sp-2007-03-26-mayors-fr.doc"><img src='/images/ico-fmt-doc.gif' border='0' width='20' height='22'></a></td></tr></table>

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