The participants in the UN World Summit on Biodiversity commit themselves to taking urgent and immediate action to protect the world’s vital biodiversity and halt the destruction of nature.

To date, leaders in 64 countries have pledged to defend biodiversity. President Sauli Niinistö has announced Finland’s commitment to the issue.

– I support the leaders’ promise and commit to urgent action so that together we can reverse the loss of biodiversity by 2030, Niinistö states Leaders’ Pledge for Nature published video.

The administrations and heads of state of these 64 countries promise, among other things, to reduce air pollution and plastic waste ending up in the oceans and to move towards more sustainable food production and consumption by 2030.

At the UN Biodiversity Conference in China next February, the countries are due to discuss in more detail the measures that could reverse the loss of nature.

Two worrying reports

According to a UN report published just a few weeks earlier, the countries of the world are not reaching any of the targets set in 2010 for nature protection.

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) announced earlier this month that over the past 50 years, the world’s animal and plant populations have collapsed by nearly 70 percent.

– Two separate reports published this month show that we are completely failing to protect the Earth’s diverse life, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, funded by the German government Johan Rockström notes.

The United States and China, the world’s largest economies and the largest emitters of greenhouse gases, have not pledged to protect biodiversity. Russia, India, Brazil or Indonesia are not among the major polluters either.