“Humanity on the brink”: diplomats from 23 countries call for urgent action

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As governments prepare to negotiate a new UN conservation agreement in late 2020, 23 former foreign ministers from around the world have called for urgent action.

Twenty-three former foreign ministers have drawn attention to the climate crisis and called for a global goal to protect at least 30% of the world’s land and oceans by 2030.

“Humanity is on the brink: it risks causing an irreversible loss of biodiversity and a climate crisis that threatens the future of our grandchildren and of future generations,” said the diplomats. in their statement published by the Aspen Institute.

Among the signatories to the declaration are, among others, the former NATO Secretary General and former High Representative for EU foreign policy Javier Solana, the former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the former Prime Ministers Giorgos Papandreou (Greece) and Lamberto Dini (Italy), as well as former foreign ministers Joschka Fischer (Germany), Lloyd Axworthy (Canada), Amr Moussa (Egypt), Tzipi Livni (Israel), Mohamed Benaïssa (Morocco), Knut Vollebaek (Norway) and Jaime Gama (Portugal).

Protect at least a third of the land and oceans

“We strongly call on world leaders to set ambitious targets at the next meeting of the conference of the parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, to be held in Kunming, China in late 2020. Specifically, we endorse the adoption of “a global goal of establishing substantial protection of at least 30% of the land and 30% of the oceans by 2030,” the diplomats said in their statement.

This text was published on the eve of a meeting in Rome of the working group responsible for preparing the COP15 conference on biological diversity in Kunming.

Originally scheduled also in Kunming, the task force meeting was moved to the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome after the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic broke out in China.

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