Paris | Emmanuel Macron on Monday opened a “One Planet Summit” devoted to biodiversity, with the idea of relaunching negotiations aimed at better protection of nature, brought to a halt by the COVID-19 epidemic.
“The future, and that of our planet, depends on what we do here and now”, insisted the President of the Republic from the Elysee Palace, where some summit participants were present, the other speakers by video conference.
“Starting the year 2021 with this One planet Summit is very important because it is the year of the reconciliation of all our challenges”, with the world congress of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the 15th meeting of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15), COP26 for the climate, the COP against desertification, continued Emmanuel Macron, who defends the idea of a “summit of all COPs”.
At the international level, none of the objectives set for the past decade in terms of biodiversity protection have been achieved, he recalled.
“We must face this failure, not at all to cry tragedy (…) just to accelerate our action with very concrete things and a realistic follow-up of these”, called the French president.
The summit focuses on four topics: protection of terrestrial and marine ecosystems; promotion of agroecology; mobilization of funding; link between deforestation, preservation of species and human health. About thirty personalities must intervene.
After the COVID-19 crisis, which illustrates the dangers of environmental disruption, “we cannot go back to the old normality,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres insisted on a video conference.
“As the virus continues to spread, the parties must find new modalities of discussions, increase exchanges and work in the same direction to accelerate negotiations” in view of the COP15 on biodiversity to be held this year in Kunming in China, Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng asked.