Suriname gives ‘hope and inspiration to the world to save our rainforests’: UN chief 

UN Secretary-General António Guterres (centre) meets with members of agricultural cooperatives led by indigenous women and men in Pierre Kondre- Redi Doti Village, in Suriname's tropical forest belt. (Photo via UN)

(United Nations News) Suriname might be the smallest and least populated country in South America, but it is also one of the greenest. Considered a global leader in biodiversity conservation, with more than 90 per cent of its land surface covered by native forests, the nation’s unrivaled natural resources more than make up for its size. 

Suriname’s beautiful, dense rainforest, which allows it to have a near-negative carbon footprint, can be seen easily from just about anywhere, even from the outskirts of the capital, Paramaribo, which itself is dotted with bustling markets and cultural centres.

On Saturday, UN Secretary-General, António Guterres saw first-hand the commitment of the Surinamese people to protect their natural treasures and ancestral knowledge.

“Rainforests are a precious gift to humanity. That is why from here in Suriname, I want to send a message to the world: We must honour and preserve the gift of rainforests because this is not a gift that will keep on giving”, Mr. Guterres told reporters at a joint press conference with President Chan Santokhi at the end of his first day in the country.

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