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MEMO/10/538

Brussels, 29 October 2010

Joint statement by Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for Environment and Joke Schauvliege, EU President of the Environment Council on the outcome of the COP10 Conference on Biological Diversity in Nagoya, Japan

The European Union warmly welcomes the agreement here in Nagoya on a global strategy to combat biodiversity loss, the mobilization of the necessary resources to implement it and the creation of a Protocol on Access to and Benefit Sharing of genetic resources. The world needs it and failure here was not an option.

These negotiations have been long and at times difficult but they were essential if we are to deal effectively with a problem which threatens all of our futures. Their success shows that the international community is capable of taking collective action to deal with serious global challenges. We hope that this can be replicated in other fora.

The challenge now is to effectively implement the measures decided upon here in Nagoya. The EU will play its role to the full in this respect.

We will of course continue to implement our own Biodiversity Strategy of halting the rate of biodiversity loss by 2020. And of course we will follow through on all of our obligations under the agreement reached here today.

The issue of biodiversity loss is too important and too urgent to be allowed to slip down the world agenda. We in the European Union will not allow that to happen. We owe it to our children and to their children.

Nagoya has been a major step forward. We hope that future generations will come to regard it as the ‘tipping point’ which brought our planet back from the brink of ecological disaster.

Background

The tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) in Nagoya, Japan started on 18 October and was concluded today, 29 October.

The high-level ministerial segment of the COP 10 was organised by the host country Japan in consultation with the Secretariat and the Bureau from 27-29 October.

For further info, see MEMO/10/519 and MEMO/10/529


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