Statement by Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, to theExpert Panel on International Environmental Governance, New York, 1 May 2007
The United Nations Organization was established in San Francisco on 24 October 1945, in the aftermath of the most devastating war waged by humanity against itself, in response to people’s cry for international peace and security. It was established based on the strong conviction 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.