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Headline: Biodiversity Day: UN chief calls for building a shared future for all life forms
Three-quarters of the land environment and about two-thirds of the marine environment have been significantly altered by human actions, the United Nations Secretary-General said on the International Day for Biological Diversity on Sunday, urging an end to the “senseless and destructive war against nature”.
“Biodiversity is essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, ending the existential threat of climate change, halting land degradation, enhancing food security and supporting progress in human health,” António Guterres said in a statement. communicated.
A Global Biodiversity Framework
The UN chief stressed that biodiversity offers solutions for green and inclusive growth and this year governments will come together to agree on a global biodiversity framework with clear and measurable targets to set the planet back on track. the road to recovery by 2030.
It must mobilize energies and financial resources to encourage concrete investments in favor of nature, so that we can all benefit from the dividends of biological diversity.
“This framework must address the very causes of biodiversity loss and pave the way for the far-reaching and ambitious transformations that are essential for living in harmony with nature, effectively protecting more land, the world’s freshwater and oceans, encouraging sustainable consumption and production, choosing nature-based solutions to fight climate change and stopping subsidizing activities that harm the environment,” he said. -He underlines.
An orphan gorilla released into its new habitat in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Healthy gorilla populations are increasingly isolated due to habitat loss and ongoing conflict in the region.
Living in harmony with nature
According to Mr. Guterres, the global agreement should also mobilize energies and financial resources to stimulate concrete investments in favor of nature, “so that we can all benefit from the dividends of biological diversity”.
“As we work to achieve these goals and achieve the 2050 vision to ‘live in harmony with nature’, we must act with respect for equity and human rights, including for the many peoples indigenous peoples whose territories are home to such great biological diversity,” he said.
The UN chief said that to save our planet’s much-needed and fragile natural wealth, everyone must step up, including young people and vulnerable populations who depend most on nature for their livelihoods.
“On this day, I call on everyone to act to build a common future for all living things,” he concluded.
Building a shared future for all forms of life is precisely the goal of this year’s International Day, as part of the United Nations Decade of Restoration.
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Plants provide 98 percent of the oxygen we breathe and 80 percent of the food we eat.
Why is biodiversity important?
The resources of biological diversity are the pillars on which we build civilizations.
Fish provide 20% of animal protein to about 3 billion people; plants provide more than 80% of human food; and up to 80% of people living in rural areas of developing countries depend on traditional herbal medicines for their primary health care.
However, approximately one million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction.
Biodiversity loss threatens everything, including our health. It has been proven that the loss of biodiversity can promote the expansion of zoonoses – diseases transmitted from animals to humans – while conversely, if we keep biodiversity intact, it offers excellent tools to fight against pandemics. such as those caused by coronaviruses.
If the current negative trends in biodiversity and ecosystems are not addressed quickly, they will jeopardize the achievement of 80% of the assessed targets of the 8 Sustainable Development Goals.
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