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Opening of the High-level event on Biodiversity, New York

José Manuel Barroso © EU

Increased efforts are needed by all of us to ensure that biodiversity objectives are given sufficient priority in government plans.

President Barroso outlined that it is clear that we will not be able to mitigate climate change or adapt to its impacts if we don't protect our ecosystems and biodiversity. The President underlined that the global community is at a crossroads, where we either "take concerted action to reverse biodiversity loss as soon as possible, or we compromise our own future and that of generations not yet born." He described the Nagoya meeting as "our chance to turn the situation around."

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