United Nations Secretary-General calls for a global agreement on nature

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned participants at the opening of the Biodiversity Summit (COP15) in Montreal, Canada, that time is running out to protect nature, calling for a global agreement on nature.

As countries prepare to negotiate a new global agreement on the Earth's environment, Guterres said, "Humanity has become a weapon of mass extinction." This conference is our chance to stop this orgy of destruction.

More than a million species, especially of insects, are now threatened with extinction.

Species are disappearing at a rate not seen in ten million years.

About 40 percent of the Earth's surface is considered degraded, according to the United Nations' 2022 Global Land Outlook assessment.

Negotiators hope the two-week summit will result in an agreement ensuring there will be more nature, animals, plants and healthy ecosystems, in 2030 than there is now, but how to track and measure that progress will need the agreement of all 196 governments under the United Nations Convention on Diversity. bio.

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