China News Agency, Montreal, December 6 (Reporter Yu Ruidong) United Nations Secretary-General Guterres issued a warning on the consequences of human destruction of nature in Montreal, Canada, on December 6, and called on developed countries to protect the world's natural wealth. Developing countries provide more financial support.
Humans and nature do not live in harmony, Guterres said at a welcome ceremony ahead of the opening of the second phase of the fifteenth Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15).
The loss of nature and biodiversity comes at a huge cost to humans.
He criticized that humans are "waging war" against nature.
Humanity itself has become a "weapon of mass extinction" in pursuit of uncontrolled and unequal economic growth.
Guterres said it was time to "make peace" with nature.
He emphasized that a "bold" "post-2020 global biodiversity framework" needs to be reached through the COP15 conference, and "no excuses and no delays".
In his view, three concrete actions are needed for this purpose.
Governments must develop cross-sectoral national action plans covering finance, food, energy, and infrastructure; the private sector must recognize that profit and protection must be equal; developed countries must provide substantial financial support to countries in the "global south" without relying on Developing countries alone bear the burden of safeguarding the planet's natural wealth.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at the same occasion that Canada will add an additional 350 million Canadian dollars to support developing countries in promoting biodiversity protection.
The second phase of COP15 is scheduled to be held in Montreal, where the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity is located, from December 7 to 19, with the goal of reaching a "post-2020 global biodiversity framework".