With one million species threatened with extinction, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on Monday for more leadership and political will to end the biodiversity crisis.
In his comments on a high-level virtual meeting on Developing a new global framework to combat biodiversity loss, he underlined the need for commitment, ambition and credibility.
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” The future of humanity depends on our combined efforts, ”he said. “Let’s work together to preserve all life on earth so that humans and nature can benefit from it.”
The new framework will be presented at the UN Biodiversity Conference, known as COP-15, next year in Kunming, China , adopted.
At the pre-COP meeting organized by Colombia on Monday, countries and other stakeholders exchanged measures and initiatives as well as commitments to implement them.
Participants included world leaders, ministers, international leaders Organizations and multilateral banks, women, youth and indigenous peoples.
The Secretary General said they are meeting at a critical time as “biodiversity is collapsing – and we are the losers”, pointing to degraded ecosystems all over the place World.
“If humans and livestock continue to penetrate wild habitats, we run the risk of triggering terrifying new pandemics,” he warned.
Mr Guterres said, d he world is counting on an ambitious new agreement that will transform humanity’s relationship with nature and that fully reflects the value of biodiversity and healthy ecosystems, including for the global economy.
The new plan must support ecosystems that the Helping humanity adapt to climate change and build its resilience.
He urged governments to “shift the perverse subsidies that destroy healthy soils, pollute our water and empty the oceans of fish to incentives for measures to preserve nature ”.
They also need to set up larger and better managed protected areas to protect species, functioning ecosystems and carbon stocks for present and future generations.
“And we must protect and strengthen the leadership of indigenous peoples and local communities, whose land comprises much of the world’s remaining biodiversity.”
Above all, the world needs commitment, ambition and credibility, he said, emphasizing that everyone must act on the understanding that protecting nature creates a fairer, healthier and more sustainable world.
“I am optimistic that this can happen, especially when I see the awareness and commitment of the world’s young people”, he said. “And I welcome the commitments that have already been made.”
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