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US urged to ratify biodiversity treaty

US urged to ratify biodiversity treaty

A top environmental official is urging the United States to ratify the treaty aimed at protecting the planet's animals and plants that it conceived over 20 years ago and helped draft.
Ahmed Djoghlaf, executive secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, said it is in the strategic interest of the United States to be part of the treaty, not just an observer, so it can influence future decisions.
Some 193 governments have joined the biodiversity convention. Only three have not ratified it: the U.S., Andorra and the Holy See.
Djoghlaf expressed hope at a news conference Tuesday that President Barack Obama would use his leadership to ratify the convention before the next meeting of its parties in India in 2012.


Updated : 2021-05-17 03:08 GMT+08:00