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Nagoya 2010: UNEP chief addresses opening of Biodiversity summit


Delegates from across the world have gathered in Nagoya, Japan for the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) summit. Governments are meeting to discuss progress on biodiversity targets, as set by parties to the convention in 2002. The Nagoya summit will also consider adopting new set of targets for 2020 that aim to tackle biodiversity loss.

Remarks by Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) at the opening of the summit:

Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am delighted to address the opening of the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD here in Nagoya.

Honorable Minister Matsumoto, I would like to thank the Government of Japan and the leaders and people of Aichi Prefecture and the city of Nagoya for being such splendid and welcoming hosts.

Japan's ancient culture and legendary technological innovation has given the world many things.

  • In Aichi, a centuries-old tradition of ceramics is today providing key components for emerging clean technologies: the Toyota Prius has become the by word for the hybrid car evolution.

But perhaps in many ways Satoyama may prove to be among the most important exports of Japan to a world still searching for sustainability.

This ancient practice of balancing human needs with nature - of taking a systems approach explicitly linking farming and ecosystem services and that sees the mountains, forests, freshwaters and arable land as a seamless landscape - is gaining understanding, awareness and traction in many places.

Already one achievement has been made here in Japan.

Congratulations to governments and to the Executive Secretary and his team for reaching agreement on 'the Nagoya - Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety'.

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