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Have we reached the tipping point for planet earth?

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Have world leaders hit their crucial target of significantly reducing the rate of biodiversity loss by today?

That was the objective international governments set themselves in 2002. Ahead of the next meeting in Japan later this year, a new United Nations report reveals whether leaders have succeeded, or failed, to tackle the growing threat to the planet’s fragile ecosystem by 2010.

The third edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-3), produced by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) explores not only what has been achieved so far – if anything – but also forecasts new consequences for people and communities across the world if more isn’t done.

In fact, with 2010 designated the International Year of Biodiversity by the UN, there is a direct call from the Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in the report’s foreword to make tackling the root causes of biodiversity loss a “higher priority in all areas of decision making” in all economic sectors.

The GBO-3 report reveals:

The extent of biodiversity loss since 2002

How close we are to ‘the tipping point’

If the ongoing reduction in our planet’s fragile biodiversity avoidable even at the 11th hour

And what key issues the world leaders will need to urgently address in Japan

One man who can give unique insights into these and other pressing questions is Professor Thomas E. Lovejoy. Former Chief Biodiversity Advisor to the World Bank. Prof. Lovejoy has also advised the presidential administrations of Reagan, Bush and Clinton and led the production of the GBO-3 report.

Join Prof Lovejoy for a live, interactive WebTV discussion from London on Tuesday May 11 at 12:00 (British Summer Time), 07:00 (Eastern Standard Time).

You can pre-submit questions or log on live to the studio where broadcaster Ian Collins will put those questions from around the world directly to Prof Lovejoy.

For more information visit www.cbd.int.The GBO-3 report will be available online as of 10 May 2020 at 10:30 BST.

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