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Volkan Bozkir, President of the 75th session shares the summary of the UN Summit on Biodiversity
9 Nov 2020 -  Biodiversity loss endangers our very survival. It threatens food security, freshwater supplies and increases the risk of disease and extreme weather. It impacts economies, social justice and human rights. It risks heightening geopolitical tensions and conflicts. It threatens our ability to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the link between environmental degradation and human health into the spotlight in a dramatic way.

In September, I convened the UN’s first ever Summit on Biodiversity. Sixty-four Heads of State and Government participated. In total, 124 Member States were represented at the Ministerial level or higher. This demonstrated the world’s shared concern over biodiversity losses – and a commitment to reverse the catastrophic trend we’re seeing.

My Office has prepared a factual summary of the Summit, which can be found on my website. I encourage you to take a look and join us as we move towards a world that protects and values its biodiversity.

As we approach the fifteenth Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity – or COP15, I encourage Member States and participants to go to COP15 with the same level of ambition that was bought to the summit. We must maintain this momentum. We know what we are capable of when we unite.

The Summit was a starting point. COP-15 is the next step. The planet, and ultimately our own survival requires a renewed commitment to biodiversity protection and conservation.