Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, delivers the keynote speech on September 20, 2010 at the American Museum of Natural History. Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Climate Change: Scaling Up Local Solutions to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), A High-Level Event in Support of the UN MDG Summit. 2010 Equator Prize awards.

The evening program opened with a keynote address by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and the launch of UNDP's “Local Capacity Strategy: Enabling Action for the Environment and Sustainable Development.” “Poverty reduction strategies and efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change cannot succeed without being rooted in the demands, capabilities, and actions of local organizations,” said Clark. “Biodiversity conservation will not be effective without the active engagement of local communities, which comprise the primary daily users of nature’s resources. This underlines the importance of empowering local actors for MDG acceleration.”

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