UN / MOTHER EARTH DAY

22-Apr-2019 00:02:34
Marking the International Mother Earth Day, the President of the General Assembly Maria Fernanda Espinosa said, “our mother earth is in serious danger,” and “it is time to take care of it.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 22 APRIL 2019, NEW YOKR CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

22 APRIL 2019, NEW YOKR CITY

2. Various shots, conference participants taking a minute of silence for the victims from the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka
3. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Maria Fernanda Espinosa, President of the 73rd Session of the General Assembly:
“Our mother earth is in serious danger. We - human beings - have endangered it. It is time to take care of it, to repair the damage, to protect and restore its vital cycle to make sure that we protect life and that the natural can reproduce.”
3. Wide shot, conference room
4. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Maria Fernanda Espinosa, President of the 73rd Session of the General Assembly:
“A sustainable world which we are part to achieve with the Agenda 2030 requires us to rethink how we interact with natural. Finding a balance between the needs of the human beings and the resources that mother earth provides us doesn’t mean we do not use them, but it means we should set aside the irrational exploitation of these resources, and build a model of development in which we respect the thresholds established by nature, its capacity to regenerate as well as its right to exists and maintain itself.”
5. Various shots, conference room
6. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Cynthia Silva Maturana, Deputy Minister of Environment, Biodiversity, Climate Change and Forest Management and Development of Bolivia:
“It is also a time to appeal to the civil societies, to its organizations, to its peoples, to building proposals, to permit ourselves to build for a common future, to contribute common solutions to many questions. To appeal to building models which will go beyond individuality and build process for community, like a way to encourage and recognize each other, respecting and working with our natural systems in inclusive development processes.”
7. Wide shot, conference room
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Syed Akbaruddin, Permanent Representative of India:
“Education is an asset and a force multiplier for climate actions. It advances climate change awareness, risk perception, climate adaptation, and mitigation goals. Fortunately, there are growing indication that the next generation is better educated and more committed to reducing their own carbon footprint than our generation was.”
9.Wide shot, conference room
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Marking the International Mother Earth Day, the President of the General Assembly Maria Fernanda Espinosa said, “our mother earth is in serious danger,” and “it is time to take care of it.”

At the Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony with Nature during the commemoration of International Mother Earth Day, participants held a minute of silence for the victims from the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka.

At the opening, Espinosa reiterated that human beings have endangered the earth and it is time to “repair the damage, to protect and restore its vital cycle to make sure that we protect life and that the natural can reproduce.”

She also reiterated, “a sustainable world which we are part to achieve with the Agenda 2030 requires us to rethink how we interact with natural.”

Espinosa continued, “finding a balance between the needs of the human beings and the resources that mother earth provides us doesn’t mean we do not use them, but it means we should set aside the irrational exploitation of these resources, and build a model of development in which we respect the thresholds established by nature, its capacity to regenerate as well as its right to exists and maintain itself.”

Also speaking at the meeting, Cynthia Silva Maturana, Bolivian Deputy Minister of Environment said, “it is also a time to appeal to the civil societies, to its organizations, to its peoples, to building proposals, to permit ourselves to build for a common future, to contribute common solutions to many questions.”

She added, “to appeal to building models which will go beyond individuality and build process for community, like a way to encourage and recognize each other, respecting and working with our natural systems in inclusive development processes.”

India Ambassador to the UN Syed Akbaruddin said “education is an asset and a force multiplier for climate actions.”

He reiterated, “it advances climate change awareness, risk perception, climate adaptation, and mitigation goals. Fortunately, there are growing indication that the next generation is better educated and more committed to reducing their own carbon footprint than our generation was.”

In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 22 April as International Mother Earth Day. In so doing, Member States acknowledged that the Earth and its ecosystems are our common home, and expressed their conviction that it is necessary to promote Harmony with Nature in order to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations. The same year, the General Assembly adopted its first resolution on Harmony with Nature.
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