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UN General Assembly Plans Biodiversity Panel

December 21, 2010

The General Assembly of the United Nations agreed to create a panel of international experts on biodiversity on Monday in an approved resolution.

The resolution is important for the implementation of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), an ambassador to the UN told AFP.

The panel will be a key component of the UN’s charge for reform of global biodiversity management.

The measure got support from delegates from the United States, the European Union, Canada and Switzerland. A treaty was signed in late October by 193 representative countries to find a way to protect the world’s forests, coral reefs and other threatened ecosystems within ten years.

Both rich and poor nations agreed to take “effective and urgent” action to halt the destruction of nature in an effort to halt the loss of biodiversity.

Almost 25 percent of all mammals, 33 percent of amphibians and more than 20 percent of all species of plants now face possible extinction, according to the International Union for Conservation and Nature (IUCN).

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