A race against time and against ourselves. Against the dangerous idea that we can’t do this, that there is no way.
Unlike most races, it won’t have one winner. In this race we all win, or we all lose. Winning it requires a radical, unprecedented level of collaboration, from all corners of our world. From our cities, businesses, regions and investors. From people everywhere.
Together we’re racing for a better world. A zero carbon and resilient world. A healthier, safer, fairer world. A world of wellbeing, abundance and joy, where the air is fresher, our jobs are well-paid and dignified, and our future is clear.
To get there we need to run fast, and get faster. We need more and more people to join the race, and right now. This is not about 2050, it’s about today.
Together, we can do this. And we’re already on our way.
Razan Al Mubarak: When we lose nature, we lose ourselves
On this International Day for Biological Diversity, Razan Al Mubarak, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion from the COP28 Presidency, reminds us of the urgent need to take action to stop the loss of biodiversity, one of the most significant crises we face.By Razan Al Mubarak, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion from the COP28 Presidency | May 22, 2023
Hello friends and hello colleagues. Today marks the International Day for Biological Diversity, reminding us of the urgent need to take action to stop the loss of biodiversity, which is one of the most significant crises that we face.
The planet is losing over 10,000 species each year, which is 1,000 times faster than the historical baseline. However, when we talk about the challenges facing our planet, climate change usually takes precedence. We tend to treat climate change and biodiversity loss as separate issues, to the point where we have separate COPs for each.
This year’s International Day of Biological Diversity is a reminder of the hope and determination we have with the adoption of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework at COP15.
We hope to take decisive action with policies that recognize the interconnectedness of climate change and biodiversity loss as two sides of the same coin. With guidance and determination from governments, Indigenous peoples, local communities, non-state actors, and individuals, we can all do our part to stop biodiversity loss.
We can move from agreement to action. Because when we lose nature, we lose ourselves — Razan Al Mubarak, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion from the COP28 Presidency.
Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, former Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, issues a resolute call to state and non-state actors alike to safeguard ecosystems, emphasizing the dire consequences of inaction.
Tackling gender inequalities in agrifood systems and empowering women reduces hunger, boosts the economy, and reinforces resilience to shocks like climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, reveals a new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).