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France 24 11 Jan 2021

One Planet Summit: 'Pandemic recoveries are a chance to change course', says Antonio Guterres

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Protecting the world's #biodiversity was on the agenda Monday for world leaders at the #OnePlanetSummit, which was being held by videoconference due to the coronavirus #pandemic.


Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

Highlights:

- Secretary-General's virtual trip
- One Planet
- Secretary-General
- Security Council
- Central African Republic
- Afghanistan
- Iraq
- Kazakhstan
- Security Council Highlights
- Cameroon


SECRETARY-GENERAL'S VIRTUAL TRIP
The Secretary-General is continuing his virtual trip to the United Kingdom, where, in just a few minutes, he will sit down with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for a virtual bilateral meeting.
He also spoke a few minutes ago at the COP26 event on Africa at an event entitled "Transition to clean power as part of a green recovery."
The Secretary-General said that, to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, we need an urgent transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy and that we especially need to support developing countries in this shift.
The Secretary-General reiterated his appeal to developed nations to fulfill their longstanding pledge to provide $100 billion dollars a year for developing countries to support mitigation and adaptation. He also said the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the national development banks must develop financial instruments that can reduce investment risks and attract private capital to African countries.
In addition, he emphasized the importance of investing in adaptation, as Africa is highly vulnerable to climate risks.
Yesterday, as you know, the Secretary-General joined Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon in an event to mark the 75th anniversary of the first session of the United Nations General Assembly, which took place in London's Westminster Central Methodist Hall.
In his remarks, the Secretary-General said that, throughout its history, the work of the General Assembly has helped to boost global health, literacy, and living standards, and to promote human rights and gender equality. 
Turning to the challenges of our time, Mr. Guterres reiterated his call for a new global deal, as well as a new social contract between people, governments, the private sector and civil society to tackle the roots of inequality.
We need a networked multilateralism, Mr. Guterres said, so that global and regional organizations communicate and work together towards common goals.
Concluding on an optimistic note, the Secretary-General expressed confidence that, together, we can emerge from this pandemic and lay the foundations for a cleaner, safer, fairer world for all, and for generations to come. 
ONE PLANET
Earlier this morning, the Secretary-General spoke by video teleconference to the One Planet Summit, convened by French President Emmanuel Macron. He said that 2021 must be the year to reconcile humanity with nature. He stressed that, as we rebuild and recover from the pandemic, we cannot revert to the old normal. This is our chance to change course, he said, with smart policies and the right investments.
He also said that protecting the world's biodiversity can help create jobs and added that the Biodiversity meeting in Kunming, China, which is scheduled for this year and is a vital step in stopping the extinction crisis.
The Secretary-General reiterated his message that countries must put a price on carbon, stop building new coal plants, end fossil fuel subsidies, and shift the fiscal burden from taxpayers to polluters.
He also pointed out that the newly launched High Ambition Coalition is a sign that the private and public sectors, along with civil society can work together on initiatives to protect the planet.
Protecting the #world's #biodiversity was on the agenda Monday for world leaders at the #OnePlanetSummit, which was being held by videoconference due to the pandemic. The summit will focus on four major topics: protecting terrestrial and marine ecosystems; promoting agroecology; increasing funding to protect biodiversity; and identifying links between deforestation and the health of humans and animals.
At least 50 countries committed to protecting 30% of the planet, including land and sea, over the next decade to halt species extinction and address climate change issues, during a global summit Monday aimed at protecting the world's biodiversity.  
#Global leaders will try to reignite international #environmental #diplomacy on Monday, with a biodiversity summit that launches a critical year for efforts to stem the devastating effects of global warming and species loss. FRANCE 24's Mairead Dundas tells us more.

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