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“The world can no longer afford to delay restoring the health and wealth of the oceans.” Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director

“Awaiting our discovery are a half million fungi and moulds whose relatives gave humanity bread and cheese.” Jesse Ausubel, Vice-President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and co-founder of the Census of Marine Life

“Droughts do not happen overnight. We stress the need for effective long term solutions to the root causes of famine in drought prone regions.” Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

“It is urgent to put a price on the services on ecosystems.” Andreas Carlgren, Swedish Minister for Environment

“No nation will solve climate change alone. And no nation is alone in feeling its impacts.” Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

“Environmental protection is the way to development.” Zhou Shengxian, Minister of Environment, China

"Business can only thrive in stable and enabling environments" Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact



2.2 million
Species dwelling in the ocean depths — UNEP-WCMC

500 million
People in developing countries who rely on fisheries and aquaculture for livelihoods — Achim Steiner

Countries that share one or more international river basins — UNEP

US$ 150 – 200 billion
Estimated annual value of internationally traded forest products — UNEP Forest and Green Economy Report

5–10 million
Hectares of farmland that are lost each year to degradation — UNEP IWMI Ecosystems Approach to Water and Food Security

2.1 billion
Number of people living in the world’s drylands — Millennium Ecosystem Assessment

50 billion
Migratory birds that make phenomenal annual journeys across borders and regions of the world — African- Eurasian Waterbirds Agreement

12 million
People in the Horn of Africa who are affected by drought — Guardian

of China’s 393 million hectares of grasslands are degraded to some degree, while 27.5% of its land territories are subject to desertification — Zhou Shengxian, Minister of Environment, China

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