Source: United Nations (Video News)
Daily Press Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General.
– Biodiversity Summit
– Central African Republic
– South Sudan
– UN-EU Agreement/Peace Operations and Crisis Management
– Press Briefing Tomorrow
– International Translation Day
The Secretary-General spoke at a high-level event on the ACT-Accelerator, which seeks to speed up efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting the development and equitable distribution of the diagnostics, vaccines and treatments the world needs.
Today’s meeting was also co-hosted by the World Health Organization and the governments of the United Kingdom and South Africa.
The Secretary-General said the ACT Accelerator and its COVAX Facility are prime examples of multilateralism in action for the global public good.
He stressed that it is in every country’s national and economic self-interest to work together to massively expand access to tests and treatments, and to support a vaccine as a global public good.
The Secretary-General spoke at the first Biodiversity Summit in the General Assembly Hall, where he said that we need to rebuild our relationship with nature.
Mr. Guterres said that ten years ago, we secured commitments that should have protected our planet, but we have largely failed to implement them.
He said that deforestation, climate change and the conversion of wilderness for human food production are destroying Earth’s web of life, but we need this web so that we and future generations may thrive.
The Secretary-General noted that imbalance with nature has led to the emergence of deadly diseases such as HIV-AIDS, Ebola, and now COVID-19, demonstrating the intimate interconnection between the health of our planet and our own.
The Secretary-General said that much greater ambition is needed to meet the global biodiversity targets and stressed that degradation of nature is not purely an environmental issue. It spans economics, health, social justice and human rights, adding that neglecting our precious resources can make geopolitical tensions and conflicts worse.
He called on countries to prioritize finding nature-based solutions as we recover from the pandemic, investing in nature and securing policies and targets that protect biodiversity and leave no one behind.
Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=30%20September%202020