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The United Nations’ General Assembly held a High-Level Thematic Debate entitled a “Moment for Nature”, with the goal of keeping the 1.5 degrees target alive, and rapidly accelerate the implementation of the SDGs for sustainable and resilient COVID-19 recoveries. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 19 JULY 2022, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES

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19 JULY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ricky Kej, artist, UNESCO Global Ambassador for Kindness and UNCCD Land Ambassador:
“So there is an ancient Sanskrit phrase, which literally means the world is one family. And that phrase is Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. It means the world is one family. It means coexistence. Nowadays, when we think about the word coexistence, the only thing that seems to come to our mind is living in peace between different parts of the human species. Living in peace between different cultures, races, ethnicity, skin colors, countries, because somewhere along the journey of being humans, we've completely forgotten that we are not the only species on this planet. We're just one among millions and millions of species on this planet.”
4. Wide shot, General Assembly
5.Abdulla Shahid, President of the 76th Session of the General Assembly, United Nations:
“We know the situation is dire. And as always, it is the most vulnerable those who have contributed the least, that are affected the most. I've seen this in my own country, the Maldives. Just recently, over one-third of inhabited islands were affected by sea swells – unexpected at this time of the year, affecting lives, livelihoods, agriculture, the soil, and people’s homes. Just imagine, when the sea rushes into the island, without warning, and with nowhere to run.”
6. Wide shot, General Assembly
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdulla Shahid, President of the 76th Session of the General Assembly, United Nations:
“We have just 89 months – just 89 months to halve global emissions. Just 89 months to avoid catastrophic climate change. Just 89 months to do everything we can, to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees. That is not a lot of time. For small island developing states like my own country, the Maldives, the difference between 1.5 and two degrees is a death sentence.”
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9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Key milestones lie ahead of us this year, where we can and must deliver. Above all, we must limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees. At the COP 27 Climate Conference in Egypt, we need commitments that will deliver a reduction of emissions by 45 per cent by 2030 so we can reach net zero emissions by mid-century. Current national commitments point to an increase of almost 14 per cent this decade. That spells catastrophe.”
10. Wide shot, General Assembly
11. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“At the COP 15 Biodiversity Conference in Montreal, we need a bold, global agreement that tackles the key drivers of biodiversity loss. We need to close the biodiversity finance gap of approximately $700 billion dollars a year by 2030. And we must eliminate the annual $500 billion dollars of harmful subsidies and redirect them towards incentivizing biodiversity-positive activities. We must protect and enhance nature’s contributions to people.”
12. Wide shot, General Assembly
13. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We need to match commitments with credible and verifiable actions and the finance for implementation. Ultimately, our survival depends on it. Together, we can and must steer humanity to the path of living in harmony with the planet. Let us seize this moment for nature to do that.”
14. Med shot, General Assembly
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Ecosystems are endangered. Climate change is having devastating effects and increased land, ocean and water pollution are impacting us all, in particular, vulnerable populations. This emergency demands a new mindset. The health of our planet is directly linked to human health and prosperity.”
16. Wide shot, General Assembly
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Inger Andersen, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP):
“We need to see a massive political lift for nature. The framework must come with an ambitious package of goals and targets that moves action for nature beyond the environmental bubble. It is only by involving every sector, every company, every investor and every individual that impacts or depends on nature, that we will address the key drivers for nature loss.”
18. Wide shot, General Assembly

STORYLINE:

The United Nations’ General Assembly held a High-Level Thematic Debate entitled a “Moment for Nature” , with the goal of keeping the 1.5 degrees target alive, and rapidly accelerate the implementation of the SDGs for sustainable and resilient COVID-19 recoveries.

Opening the event on Tuesday (19 July) in New York, the Indian composer and environmentalist Ricky Kej noted that there is and ancient Sanskrit phrase, Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, that means the world is one family.

Kej said that “nowadays, when we think about the word coexistence, the only thing that seems to come to our mind is living in peace between different parts of the human species”, like different cultures, races, ethnicities, skin colors, and countries.

According to Kej, who is a UNESCO Global Ambassador for Kindness and UNCCD Land Ambassador, that happened because “somewhere along the journey of being humans, we've completely forgotten that we are not the only species on this planet.”

“We're just one among millions and millions of species on this planet”, the environmentalist said.

The President of the 76th Session of the General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid, remembered that, “as always, it is the most vulnerable those who have contributed the least, that are affected the most” and shared the example of his country, the Maldives.

“Just recently, over one-third of inhabited islands were affected by sea swells – unexpected at this time of the year, affecting lives, livelihoods, agriculture, the soil, and people’s homes. Just imagine, when the sea rushes into the island, without warning, and with nowhere to run,” Shahid said.

The president continued, “We have just 89 months – just 89 months to halve global emissions. Just 89 months to avoid catastrophic climate change. Just 89 months to do everything we can, to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees.”

According to Shahid, “that is not a lot of time” and for small island developing states, like the Maldives, “the difference between 1.5 and two degrees is a death sentence.”

In a video message, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, highlighted a few milestones that lie ahead in 2022.

Guterres noted the COP 27 Climate Conference, happening in Egypt at the end of the year, saying the world needs commitments that will deliver a reduction of emissions by 45 percent by 2030. Current national commitments point to an increase of almost 14 percent this decade.

“That spells catastrophe”, the UN chief said.

For the COP 15 Biodiversity Conference in Montreal, in December, Guterres asked for “a bold, global agreement that tackles the key drivers of biodiversity loss.”

According to him, the international community also needs to close the biodiversity finance gap of approximately $700 billion dollars a year by 2030 and “eliminate the annual $500 billion dollars of harmful subsidies and redirect them towards incentivizing biodiversity-positive activities.”

The Secretary-General also said that the world needs to “match commitments with credible and verifiable actions and the finance for implementation.”

“Together, we can and must steer humanity to the path of living in harmony with the planet. Let us seize this moment for nature to do that”, Guterres concluded.

The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, was also part of the event. Noting how ecosystems are endangered and the devastating effects of climate change, Mohammed said that “this emergency demands a new mindset.”

According to the Deputy Secretary-General, “the health of our planet is directly linked to human health and prosperity.”

The Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Inger Andersen, also asked for “a massive political li ft for nature.”

Andersen said this “framework must come with an ambitious package of goals and targets that moves action for nature beyond the environmental bubble.”

“It is only by involving every sector, every company, every investor and every individual that impacts or depends on nature, that we will address the key drivers for nature loss”, the UNEP chief concluded.
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