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Act to protect the nature that sustains us: UN Chief on International Day for Biological Diversity
On the occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity celebrated on 22 May with the theme "Theme 2018: Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity", The UN Chief Antonio Guterres said that protecting and restoring ecosystems and ensuring access to ecosystem services were necessary for the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger.

According to the UN, while there is a growing recognition that biological diversity is a global asset of tremendous value to present and future generations, the number of species is being significantly reduced by certain human activities.

In his message, Guterres called on the world community to begin work on a new action plan to ensure that, by 2050, biodiversity is valued, conserved, restored and wisely used for the benefit of all people.

He urged, "On this International Day for Biological Diversity, I urge governments, businesses and people everywhere to act to protect the nature that sustains us. Our collective future depends on it."

"The rich variety of life on Earth is essential for the welfare and prosperity of people today and for generations to come. That is why, 25 years ago, the world's nations agreed on the Convention for Biological Diversity. The Convention has three goals: the global conservation of biodiversity, its sustainable use and the equitable sharing of its benefits. Achieving these objectives is integral to meet our goals for sustainable development," UN Chief added in his released message.

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