Let’s end the war against nature “now”

Fifty years after the first United Nations Conference on the Environment, world leaders will gather on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June in Stockholm for an international conference convened by the United Nations on the topic: Stockholm +50 A Healthy Planet for Everyone’s Prosperity – Our Responsibility, Our Opportunity ».

to me Opening of the conferenceUN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on world leaders to change course and End the war ‘now’ It makes no sense and our suicide is against nature.

“We know what needs to be done, we have the tools to do it, but we still lack leadership and cooperation,” the UN Secretary-General said before calling on leaders from all sectors to “get us out of this mess.”

Stockholm +50

Stockholm+50 commemorates the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment and celebrates 50 years of global environmental action. Recognizing the importance of pluralism in combating the tri-planetary crisis, this event aims to Serve as a starting point for accelerating the implementation of the UN Decade of Action to achieve the sustainable development goals.

It will also make it possible to deepen the implementation of the programme sustainable development by 2030and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and encouragement for the adoption of green recovery plans in the wake of COVID-19.

Hot air is killing us

After I mention it they 17 Sustainable Development Goals And the Paris Agreement Show the way forward, Antonio Guterres warned that We must act on these commitments. Otherwise, these are just hollow words. The hot air is killing us ».

If we don’t act now, we won’t have a habitable planet. The Secretary-General warned before noting that there was a 50% chance that the 1.5°C limit of the Paris Agreement would be temporarily exceeded within the next five years. “We can’t allow this to happen,” he insisted before calling for a 45% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 to achieve the “net zero emissions” target by 2050.

Crisis on three levels

The United Nations Secretary-General has warned that global well-being is at risk because we have failed to deliver on our environmental promises. We are facing a triple planetary crisis: a climate emergency that kills and displaces more people each year; ecosystem degradation that accelerates biodiversity loss and threatens the well-being of three billion people; Increased pollution and waste costing nine million people a year. »

The Secretary-General has called for a 45% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Developed countries must Double their support for developing countries so they can adapt and build resilience in the face of climate disruption. António Guterres has called on G20 governments to dismantle coal infrastructure by 2030 for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and 2040 for all other countries.

Before urging countries to embrace the human right to a clean and healthy environment for all, the Secretary-General pledged, “If we do so, we can avert climate catastrophe, end a humanitarian crisis and rising inequality, and promote inclusive sustainable development.” Everywhere.

“If we want to survive and thrive, let us protect and take care of our planet, our one and only home,” Antonio Guterres concluded, after making it clear that humanity has shown, throughout history, that it is capable of doing great things on the condition of working together. Remembering that there is only one earth, The Secretary-General called on delegations to reaffirm their commitment – in word and deed – to the spirit of responsibility enshrined in the 1972 Stockholm Declaration.

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