UN / WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

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Secretary-General António Guterres announced the launching of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a “global movement” that “will bring together governments, businesses, civil society, and private citizens in an unprecedented effort to heal the Earth.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 04 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

04 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Luckily, the Earth is reliant, but she needs our help. We still have time to reverse the damage we have done. That is why, on this World Environment Day, we are launching the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. This global movement will bring together governments, businesses, civil society, and private citizens in an unprecedented effort to heal the Earth. By restoring ecosystems, we can drive a transformation that will contribute to the achievement of all the Sustainable Development Goals. The task is monumental. We need to replant and protect our forests. We need to clean up our rivers and seas. And we need to green our cities. Accomplishing these things will not only safeguard the planet’s resources, it will create millions of new jobs by 2030, generate returns of over seven trillion US dollars every year, and help eliminate poverty and hunger.”
4. Multiple screens
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is a global call to action. It will draw together political support, scientific research, and financial muscle to massively scale up restoration. And everyone can contribute. Science tells us these next ten years are our final chance to avert a climate catastrophe, turn back the deadly tide of pollution and end species loss. Today, let us start a new decade, one in which we finally make peace with nature and secure a better future for all.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Inger Andersen, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP):
“We must strain every sinew to make this decade a success. This is because we must stabilize the climate, protect nature, and stem pollution to create a world of prosperity, equality, and peace, as foreseen in the Sustainable Development Goals. Restoring ecosystems is a remarkable solution. It slows climate change, it brings back lost biodiversity, it creates land for agriculture, provides jobs, restores nature, and buffers us against zoonotic diseases and pandemics.”
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STORYLINE:

Secretary-General António Guterres today (4 Jun) announced the launching of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a “global movement” that “will bring together governments, businesses, civil society, and private citizens in an unprecedented effort to heal the Earth.”

In a recorded message marking World Environment Day, the Secretary-General said, “luckily, the Earth is reliant, but she needs our help. We still have time to reverse the damage we have done.”

He said, “by restoring ecosystems, we can drive a transformation that will contribute to the achievement of all the Sustainable Development Goals. The task is monumental. We need to replant and protect our forests. We need to clean up our rivers and seas. And we need to green our cities. Accomplishing these things will not only safeguard the planet’s resources, it will create millions of new jobs by 2030, generate returns of over seven trillion US dollars every year, and help eliminate poverty and hunger.”

Guterres said, “the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is a global call to action. It will draw together political support, scientific research, and financial muscle to massively scale up restoration.”

Science, he said, “tells us these next ten years are our final chance to avert a climate catastrophe, turn back the deadly tide of pollution and end species loss” and called for a new decade “in which we finally make peace with nature and secure a better future for all.”

During her briefing to the World Environment Day virtual event, the Head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Inger Andersen, said, “we must strain every sinew to make this decade a success. This is because we must stabilize the climate, protect nature, and stem pollution to create a world of prosperity, equality, and peace, as foreseen in the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Restoring ecosystems, she said, “is a remarkable solution. It slows climate change, it brings back lost biodiversity, it creates land for agriculture, provides jobs, restores nature, and buffers us against zoonotic diseases and pandemics.”

UNEP and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are co-leading this global movement to re-imagine, recreate, and restore ecosystems, which is crucial particularly as countries strive to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration calls for stepping up efforts to prevent, halt and reverse degradation of areas such as grasslands, forests, oceans, and mountains, essential to all life on Earth.
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