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12:00 AM, October 09, 2012 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, October 09, 2012

UN biodiversity meeting begins in India

A major UN meeting designed to safeguard the world's natural resources began yesterday with appeals to ensure that biodiversity does not become a victim of the global financial crisis.
More than 170 countries are meeting in the Indian city of Hyderabad over the next 12 days under the United Nations' Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), an offshoot of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
UN environmental experts have warned that the world has as little as a decade to fend off a species extinction that also poses a threat to humanity.
And more than two decades after the Rio summit, the CBD's executive secretary Braulio Ferreira De Souza Dias said that it was still a struggle to persuade governments to put biodiversity at the centre of development agendas.

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