UN to create panel of biodiversity experts

The UN General Assembly agreed to form a panel of international experts on biodiversity in a resolution approved on Monday.

The resolution is an important step towards the implementation of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), a UN diplomat told AFP.

The panel of experts is a key component of the UN’s push for reform of global biodiversity management.

Representatives from the European Union, the United States, Canada and Switzerland spoke in support of the measure.

In late October, delegates from 193 countries meeting in Japan signed a historic global treaty to protect the world’s forests, coral reefs and other threatened ecosystems within 10 years.

Rich and poor nations agreed to take “effective and urgent” action to curb the destruction of nature in an effort to halt the loss of the world’s biodiversity on which human survival depends.

Nearly a quarter of mammals, one-third of amphibians and more than a fifth of plant species now face the threat of extinction, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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