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Source: Republic of Colombia

When speaking at the Biodiversity Summit, convened in the middle of the 75th Period of Sessions of the United Nations Assembly, President Iván Duque said that “the global framework for biodiversity after 2020 is the opportunity for altogether let us adopt measures that allow us to achieve by the year 2050 the vision of living in harmony with nature ”.

“From Colombia we invite the world to jointly assume responsibility for this historic moment, to understand the opportunity for change that we have in front of us and to act with determination to achieve it,” said the President.

Bogotá, September 30, 2020.

The President of Colombia, Iván Duque Márquez, raised this Wednesday, at the Biodiversity Summit convened by the United Nations, five commitments so that the economic recovery after the covid-19 pandemic is “green and fair.”

“The planet is in emergency. The loss of biodiversity is advancing at an unprecedented rate in the history of humanity and the pandemic further evidenced the indissoluble link between healthy and prosperous life and healthy ecosystems, ”warned the President.

He added that “the global framework for biodiversity after 2020 is the opportunity for us to adopt measures from the top that will allow us to achieve by 2050 the vision of living in harmony with nature.”

“In Colombia we believe that for this framework to be effective, for the economic recovery after covid-19 to be green and fair, and we can advance in the fulfillment of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), five major commitments must be assumed” , he stated.

He specified that the first is “to protect at least 30% of the planet’s marine and terrestrial areas by 2030”, and the second, “to achieve sustainable production and consumption patterns in sectors with the greatest environmental impact.”

“Third, integrate biodiversity into the qualification and management of all productive sectors and levels of government,” he added, and fourth, “commit ourselves to nature-based solutions as cost-effective tools to conserve biodiversity, while creating jobs. and economic growth is promoted ”.

Fifth and last, he said, “increase the mobilization of resources from all sources to protect and promote biodiversity.”

President Duque stressed that biodiversity “in Colombia is a strategic and prevalent asset throughout the nation,” and recounted the work carried out by the Government to protect it.

“In our fight against deforestation, for example, we managed to reduce by 19% between 2018 and 2019. And we created the National Council to Fight Deforestation. In addition, we have planted more than 35 million trees with a goal that is to plant 180 million trees by August 2022 ”, he explained.

He explained that “a vision of economic development based on the principle of producing while conserving, and conserving by producing” has been incorporated, as well as “positive incentives such as the model of payment for environmental services, and an aggressive policy of energy transformation, with which we have multiplied the participation of renewable energies in our energy matrix exponentially ”.

Finally, he highlighted the work of Colombia in promoting the Leticia Pact, the Biodiverciudades strategy and the invitation made a few days ago to implement a comprehensive strategy for the protection of moorlands and high mountain ecosystems.

“From Colombia we invite the world to jointly assume responsibility for this historic moment, to understand the opportunity for change that we have in front of us and to act with determination to achieve it,” he said.

With information from the Presidency of the Republic.

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