let’s end the war against nature “now”

Fifty years after the first UN conference on the environment, world leaders will meet on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June in Stockholm for an international conference convened by the UN on the theme: Stockholm + 50 : a healthy planet for everyone’s prosperity – our responsibility, our opportunity ».

HAVE the opening of the conferenceUN Secretary-General António Guterres, urged world leaders to change course and end the war “now” meaningless and suicidal that we deliver against nature.

“We know what to do, we have the tools to do it, but we still lack leadership and cooperation,” the UN chief said before urging leaders from all sectors to “get us out of this mess.”

Stockholm + 50

The Stockholm + 50 conference celebrates the UN Conference on the Human Environment in 1972 and celebrates 50 years of global environmental efforts. Recognizing the importance of multilateralism in the fight against the triple planetary crisis, this event aims at serve as a springboard to accelerate the implementation of the UN Decade of Action to achieve the goals of sustainable development.

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

Hot air kills us

After remembering it them 17 goals for sustainable development and The Paris Agreement show the way forward, António Guterres warned about it We must act on the basis of these commitments. Otherwise it is just empty words. And the hot air kills us ».

If we do not act now, we will not have a habitable planet. warned the Secretary-General before noting that there is a 50% chance that we can temporarily exceed the Paris Agreement limit of 1.5 degrees Celsius within the next five years. “We can not let this happen,” he insisted, calling for a 45% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 to reach the 2050 “zero zero emissions” target.

A crisis on three levels

The UN chief has warned that global welfare is at risk because we have not fulfilled our environmental promises. “We are facing a triple planetary crisis: a climate emergency that kills and displaces more people every year; ecosystem degradation that accelerates the loss of biodiversity and compromises the well-being of three billion people; an increase in pollution and waste that costs nine million lives a year. . »

The Secretary-General has called for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030 to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Developed countries must double their support for developing countries so that they can adapt and build resilience to climate change;. António Guterres has called on the G20 governments to phase out coal infrastructure by 2030 for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and 2040 for all others.

“If we do this, we can avert a climate catastrophe, end a humanitarian crisis and growing inequality and promote inclusive sustainable development,” the Secretary-General promised, before calling on countries to embrace a human right to an environment. Clean and healthy for everyone, everywhere.

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

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