LIVE: UN chief, Prince Charles, rally ‘coalition of the willing’ to end biodiversity destruction

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‘Rescue the planet’s fragile tapestry of life’

Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed (file), by ECA

Volkan Bozkir, the President of the General Assembly and the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, have just spoken, giving their recaps of the Summit and delivered a rousing call to action.
Ms. Mohammed reminded delegates that, in a global consultation organized for the UN´s 75th Anniversary, involving more than one million people, climate change and the destruction of the natural environment were raised as the most overwhelming concerns. 
Today’s discussions, she said, have highlighted actions and commitments being made around the world, to “bend the curve of biodiversity loss” and move towards a nature-positive world. However, she warned, to “rescue the planet’s fragile tapestry of life”, we need vastly more ambition and action
High ambitions have been set, she continued, and now they need to be taken forward at an international level and delivered on the ground, to ensure that people benefit from the sustainable use of biodiversity.
“The bottom line”, she said, “is that investing in nature is investing in a sustainable future”, and there is an opportunity to look forward to a post-COVID-19 world that is people-centred and planet-sensitive. 
Laying the foundation for Kunming
For Mr. Bozkir, the initiatives and commitments announced at the event had laid the foundations for the biodiversity COP15, due to take place in Kunming, China, next year.
The event, he said, had reminded him that humankind is capable of incredible feats of science and engineering, of deep compassion and consideration, and given him hope.
The necessary transformation, however, will require efforts to mobilize public and private financing to support nature-based solutions and disaster risk reduction, and political will and leadership, to create pro-nature laws and regulations.
Nevertheless, said the General Assembly President, it was encouraging to see that multilateralism continues to deliver the needs of the people served by the UN, and called on delegates to ensure that their efforts will be remembered 75 years from now.
And, as the Summit ends with a musical performance from Indian composer Ricky Kej, we’ll say goodbye from UN News, and thanks for following us!

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