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Biodiversity Conference begins in Kunming

On Monday, the UN Biodiversity Conference began in Kunming, China. The week-long event focuses on the fight against the rapid extinction of species. During the opening, German Development Minister Gerd Müller (CSU) called on the international community to take joint action at the start. “We have no time to lose. Every day 150 species become extinct,” Müller said on Monday, according to a statement from his ministry. “The global community must finally pull together.” He expects China, the summit’s host, to take a leading role. Nearly 200 states parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity are attending. Chaired by China, the meeting will be held mainly virtually and with local representatives from Kunming. China wants to position itself as a leading nation in nature conservation at the event.

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