‘Moment for Nature’ key to fending off threats and boosting climate action |


The one-day event is organized to assess recent decisions on the global environmental agenda and to present solutions to common bottlenecks, such as gaps between commitments and actions, as well as the need for a broader mobilization.

“We know we backed into a corner with our recklessness. We know this will only get worse, and soon, as we continue to delay necessary action,said Mr. Shahid.

Endless Possibilities

Despite the immense challenges facing the world, he was adamant that humanity can effect change, as evidenced by the development of technologies that were once inconceivable.

“I myself remember a time when the power of renewable energy was considered far too low and expensive to make a difference,” he said. “Today, fleets of vehicles and countless homes run on renewable energy. Cities and entire countries aspire to run on renewable energy. The possibilities are limitless.”

Global “Triple Crisis”

UN Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed the meeting, where participants review information from major UN conferences on issues such as climate, desertification and biodiversity; the state of the oceans and sustainable transport, food systems and energy.

It comes as countries face what he called a “triple crisis” of climate disruption, biodiversity loss and pollution.

Our ways of life – based on production, consumption, discharge and pollution – hbrought us to this dire situationthe UN chief said in a video message.

“But since human activities are driving this planetary emergency, that means we also hold the key to solutions. Now is the time to transform our relationship with nature and chart a new course.

Countdown to climate visuals/Raphaël Pouget

A women’s cooperative in southern Mauritania uses solar energy to power the borehole that supplies water to the market garden.

Act now

UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed outlined areas where governments can act, including to transform the way we perceive and appreciate nature.

“We must strengthen nature’s ability to protect us from hazards and extreme events. This means accelerating the implementation of national policies, programs and plans to restore marine and terrestrial ecosystems while creating new jobs, fighting poverty and improving sustainable development,” she said.

Countries must also “close the biodiversity funding gap” by 2030, she added, which currently stands at some $700 billion a year. This can be done by reallocating and redirecting the $500 billion a year for “harmful subsidies” to more biodiversity-positive activities.

Let’s change our ways

The President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Collen V. Kelapile, underlined the urgency of acting on the basis of the “growing scientific evidence” on climate change. The world is at the edge of a precipicehe warned.

“We must either do all we can to change our consumption and production patterns and make transformative changes to nature-sensitive economic growth, nature-based solutions to rebuild our post-COVID societies and preserve our environment. “, did he declare.

“Or we can go deeper into the abyss of continual calamities, until we destroy all mankind.”

A school of fish swims in the Pacific Ocean in Australia.

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A school of fish swims in the Pacific Ocean in Australia.

“Massive political ascent for nature”

The review being discussed at the meeting was led by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), whose head, Inger Anderson, listed the many outcomes of global gatherings over the past year. , such as the COP27 climate conference in Glasgow and the fifth United Nations conference on the environment. Assembly held in Nairobi.

“But we have not yet reached that moment for nature – the moment when we really find common ground for nature and keep the many commitments and promises that have been made,” she said in a video message.

Next December, countries will meet in Montreal to conclude the Global Biodiversity Framework, a new set of goals for nature over the next decade. Ms Andersen said this must translate into “massive political momentum for nature”, as well as adequate mobilization of resources.

She also urged countries to adopt a General Assembly resolution on the universal human right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment.

“What member states are deliberating on is the very foundation of human life because the environment sustains humanity and makes it the other rights we enjoy,” she says.


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