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Why This Matters: The signatories to the agreement came from all over the world, but there were some notable absences. The presidents of the US, Brazil, and China – Donald Trump, Jair Bolsonaro, and Xi Jinping – have not signed the pledge, despite China’s hosting and chairing the biodiversity meeting next year. These important nations need to get on the bandwagon.As we reported, two weeks ago the UN announced that the world failed to meet a single 2020 target to slow the loss of the natural world, including goals to protect coral reefs, preserve natural habitats and reduce plastic and chemical waste.
Mainstreaming Nature in International Meetings
The leaders pledged to “join forces in the run up to the key international events and processes taking place throughout 2021, including the G7, the G20, the IUCN World Conservation Congress, the fifth UN Environment Assembly, UNFCCC COP26 and the UN Ocean Conference, aiming to achieve ambitious and realistic outcomes to pave the way for a strong Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework….” Never before have biodiversity and support for conserving nature made it on to the agenda of the G7 and G20 meetings, so this promise is a huge step forward to addressing the extinction crisis.
“Scientists are telling us that protecting at least 30% of the planet by 2030 is the minimum amount of protections needed to help confront the escalating crisis facing nature. It is encouraging to see a growing list of world leaders embrace this proposal as an essential element of any effective biodiversity protection strategy. For our collective efforts to be successful, we must also ensure that any global biodiversity strategy respects and promotes Indigenous Peoples’ rights and is backed by significantly increased funding.”
To Go Deeper: See this interview with Justin Kenney of the UN Foundation, on why this can still be the Super Year for the ocean. The ocean may be vast but it needs to be conserved just as much as land.
Yesterday, the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) officially opened, and the General Debate amongst its 193 Member State representatives will begin next week. UNGA is tasked with not only addressing matters of human rights and international law in “economic, social, cultural, educational, and health fields”; it also determines the organization’s annual budget. […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Democratic members of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee have proposed $2.6 billion in funding for weather and climate change research at federal agencies as part of the committee’s $45.5 billion share of Democrats’ $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill. The move comes as President Biden confirms he will be […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Days after an oil spill off the coast of Louisiana was first identified, divers identified the source as a pipeline displaced from a trench on the ocean floor. The Gulf of Mexico spill began off the coast of Port Fourchon after Hurricane Ida tore through the region. The area […]
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