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UN Urges Global Action to Protect Earth's Ecosystems

UN Urges Global Action to Protect Earth’s Ecosystems

On World Environment Day, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for urgent action to protect the Earth’s vital ecosystems from pollution, climate impacts, and biodiversity loss. He emphasized the need for countries to fulfill their commitments to restore degraded ecosystems and land, in line with the Kunming-Montreal Biodiversity Framework.

Guterres stressed that every dollar invested in ecosystem restoration creates up to thirty dollars in economic benefits, and urged countries to use their national climate action plans to halt deforestation, increase financial support for developing nations, and protect nature.

The UN Environment Programme’s Executive Director, Inger Andersen, joined the call, emphasizing that restoring ecosystems can help address the triple planetary crisis of climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste.

The UN is hosting events globally, including in Asia and the Pacific, to discuss priority actions like sustainable food production, circular water resource use, and resilient urban development. The Secretary-General will also deliver a special address on climate change at the American Museum of Natural History, presenting new data from the World Meteorological Organisation and the Copernicus Climate Change Service.