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Statement delivered by Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, at the Countdown 2010 Partners Assembly, Brussels, Belgium, 11 June 2007

In April 2002, the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) committed themselves to achieve by 2010 a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss at the global, regional and national levels as a contribution to poverty alleviation and to the benefit of all life on Earth. This target was subsequently endorsed by the World Summit on Sustainable Development and the United Nations General Assembly, highlighting the crucial role of biodiversity in human well-being. Established under the leadership of the Heads of States of the European Union, this bold initiative remains the most ambitious target for halting the rate of biodiversity loss.

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