France puts biodiversity on its international agenda
Paris, May 22 (Prensa Latina) Celebrating the World Biodiversity Day, France's authorities stated this Friday their commitment to safeguarding the environment and the priority of placing it at the center of the world agenda.
'Ecosystems' protection helps prevent epidemics like Covid-19,' noted France's President Emmanuel Macron, who took advantage of the date to announce that 'in order to mobilize and act in favor of biodiversity,' his country will arrange the 'One Planet Summit' that will take place on January 11, 2021 in Marseille, during the World Conservation Congress.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recalled that with the National Biodiversity Plan, issued in July 2018, France promised to make it a priority in its diplomatic relations and in debates on the world political agenda, in order to achieve a significant result at COP15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
That summit, scheduled for October 2020 in the China's Kunming city, is crucial to advance in biodiversity's protection on a global scale, and a new international strategic framework must be adopted including ambitious goals for biological diversity.
Aligned with it, France's Ministry of Foreign Affairs stood out in its agenda of commitments, events as the Summit on Biodiversity, to be held in September in parallel to the United Nations General Assembly, and the World Congress of the International Union for Conservation of Nature scheduled in Marseille for January 2021.
The latest report of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) ? debated and approved in Paris in 2019, collected damages that human activities cause to nature. For instance, unprecedented disturbances in 70 percent of terrestrial ecosystems, in 40 percent of those marine and in half of the river courses, threatening with extinction a quarter of the animal and plant species.
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