More than sixty world leaders have joined forces ahead of an important UN summit this week promised halt the loss of biodiversity by 2030. France, Germany and the United Kingdom, among others, promise to put nature and the climate at the center of recovery plans for after the corona pandemic.
The 64 world leaders, including Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Emmanuel Macron (France), Angela Merkel (Germany), Justin Trudeau (Canada), Jacinda Ardern (New Zealand) and Boris Johnson (UK), promise to combat pollution, sustainable embrace economic solutions and stop dumping plastic waste in oceans.
To restore the balance with nature, the various governments have drawn up a ten-point plan together with the European Union. In it, they make commitments to reduce deforestation, stop unsustainable fishing, end environmentally harmful subsidies and make a start on the transition to sustainable food production and circular economy this decade.
World leaders call the promise a “turning point” for future generations to judge.
A large virtual UN summit on biodiversity will start in New York on Wednesday. At the summit, 116 heads of state or government will be given speaking time.