22.05.2013 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

UNESCO message for the International Day for Biological Diversity

Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO,on the occasion of International Day for Biological Diversity, 22 May 2013

Water and Biodiversity

We have not finished exploring the beauty of our planet’s biological diversity, nor have we fully gauged its role in humanity’s well-being and survival – yet we have begun to destroy it. This day of action is an opportunity to step up our mobilization to preserve biological diversity and to ensure that its benefits are shared by all.

We must start with water. All living creatures, be they on land, in the air or in the sea, need water. Some can live without light, others without oxygen, but none without water. Water is the common denominator of all biological diversity and a powerful lever for cooperation. This si why Water and Biodiversity has been selected as the theme for this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity, coinciding with the International Year of Water Cooperation, which is being coordinated by UNESCO on behalf of UN-Water.

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