Harmony with nature and planet stressed in General Assembly

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The importance of human beings living in harmony with each other and with nature has been underlined by the President of the UN General Assembly.

Ambassador John Ashe spoke at the Fourth Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony with Nature held on International Mother Earth Day observed on 22 April each year.

He said the history of civilizations is the story of what he called "the sometimes complex relationship of human beings with nature and the planet."

Ambassador Ashe warned that the current global population is consuming 50 per cent more resources than the planet can provide.

"It is through nature that we are most connected with powerful and interwoven binds, through the air we breathe, the water that sustains life on this earth and the Ozone Layer which protects our biosphere. The sustainability of current and future generations depend on our living in harmony with each other and with nature." (24")

Ambassador Ashe said that "nature is more than an economic resource" and human beings "cannot indefinitely extract infinite growth from a finite planet."

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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