UN chief urges governments, business to step up action to protect nature

At COP15 in Montreal, Canada, UNSG, António Guterres meets with youth representatives (Photo via UN)

(United Nations News) Governments and the private sector must move to effectively protect the natural environment, Secretary-General António Guterres told journalists covering the UN biodiversity conference, COP15, in Montréal, Canada, on Wednesday. 

“Ecosystems have become playthings of profit. Human activities are laying waste to once-thriving forests, jungles, farmland, oceans, rivers, seas and lakes,” he said. ‘

“Humanity’s war on nature is ultimately a war on ourselves.” 

The UN chief was speaking on the sidelines of the conference, which is expected to set new goals for nature over the next decade.  

He recalled that a million species are at risk of extinction. 

“We need governments to develop ambitious national action plans that protect and preserve our natural gifts, and put our planet on a path to healing,” said Mr. Guterres. 

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