Press Conference on Launch of 'Making Peace with Nature' Report

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18-Feb-2021 00:38:13
Ahead of the fifth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5), the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, and the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Inger Andersen, officially launches UNEP's new report, "Making peace with Nature".

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Without nature’s help, “we will not thrive or even survive”, the UN chief said on Thursday, launching a major report on the environment.

“For too long, we have been waging a senseless and suicidal war on nature. The result is three interlinked environmental crises”, Secretary-General António Guterres told a virtual press briefing on the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report, Making Peace with Nature.

Pointing to climate disruption, biodiversity loss and pollution, which “threaten our viability as a species”, he detailed their cause as “unsustainable production and consumption”.

“Human well-being lies in protecting the health of the planet”, said Mr. Guterres.

According to the UNEP report, the world can tackle the climate, biodiversity and pollution crises together, but the UN chief said that these interlinked crises require “urgent action from the whole of society”.

The report examines linkages and explains how science and policymaking can advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 and a carbon neutral world by 2050, all while bending the curve on biodiversity loss and curbing pollution.

While the authors stress that ending environmental decline is essential to advancing the SDGs on poverty alleviation, food and water security, and good health for all, Mr. Guterres flagged the need for “urgency and ambition” to address how we produce our food and manage our water, land and oceans.

Making Peace with Nature draws on global assessments, including those from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), UNEP reports and new findings on the emergence of zoonotic diseases, such as COVID-19.

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