The High-Level Segment of the 9th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) took place in Bonn (Germany) on 28-30 May 2008. It was chaired by Mr Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Germany. 157 countries participated in the High-Level Segment, 80 of which were represented at ministerial level, 37 on Deputy Minister or State Secretary level.
The meeting was also honoured by H.E. Dr. Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor of Germany; H.E. Dr. Srgjan Kerim, President of the General Assembly of the United Nations; H.E. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada; H.E. José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission; H.E. Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme and Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
The High-Level Segment was honoured by a welcome message from H.E. Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, which was read out by H.E. Achim Steiner. Representatives of international intergovernmental organizations, parliamentarians, local communities, business, youth, non-governmental organizations and Indigenous and Local Communities have also participated.