Principality of Monaco joins forces with 14 other countries in appeal to world’s governments - “Work together to protect nature!”
As Marie-Pierre Gramaglia this morning reiterated the importance of marking World Environment Day 2020, the theme for which is “Biodiversity: a call to action to combat the accelerated loss of species and the degradation of the natural world”, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Laurent Anselmi endorsed, on behalf of Monaco, the appeal launched by Costa Rica and France as part of the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People.2
The appeal highlights the close links between the COVID-19 pandemic and biodiversity loss: “The rapid and devastating spread of COVID-19 is a tragedy. Its impacts on people, economies and societies are staggering and will persist for years. The pandemic offers powerful and unprecedented evidence that nature and humanity share the same destiny and are more closely linked than most of us realise.”
It is therefore essential to effectively safeguard and restore biodiversity. These actions are “a crucial step in helping to prevent future pandemics and public health emergencies, and to lay the foundations of a sustainable global economy.”
All governments around the world are called on to conserve “our precious, intact ecosystems and wilderness areas, and to protect and effectively manage at least 30% of the planet – land and sea – by 2030.”
By joining this initiative, Monaco is stepping up its actions to safeguard biodiversity at the international level, consistent with the actions being taken inside the country.
 H.E. Ivan Duque Márquez, President of Colombia, H.E. Carlos Alvarado Quesada President of Costa Rica, H.E. Simonetta Sommaruga, President of Switzerland and Minister of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (Switzerland), H.E. Teresa Ribera Rodríguez, Vice President of the Government, Minister of the Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge (Spain), H.E. Krista Mikkonen, Minister of Climate Change and the Environment (Finland), H.E. Brune Poirson, Secretary of State, Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition, (France), H.E. Lee White Minister of Water, Forests, the Sea, the Environment, Responsible for the Climate Plan, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Land Use Plan (Gabon), Hon. Simon Stiell, Minister for Climate Resilience, the Environment, Forestry, Fisheries and Disaster Management (Grenada), H.E. Carole Dieschbourg, Minister for the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development (Luxembourg), Hon. Christopher J. Loeak, Minister in Assistance to the President and for the Environment (Marshall Islands), H.E. Laurent Anselmi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (Principality of Monaco), H.E. Mr. Tserenbat Namsrai, Minister of Environment and Tourism (Mongolia), H.E Minister Wallace Cosgrow, Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change (Republic of Seychelles), H.E. Dr. Thani Bin Ahmed AlZeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment (United Arab Emirates).
2 The High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People is an intergovernmental group established to advocate for protection of at least 30 percent of the planet – land and sea – by 2030, in accordance with scientific opinion. This objective should promote indigenous-led conservation, prioritise intact ecosystems and focus on areas most important for biodiversity and the climate. The resulting network of conserved areas should be ecologically representative, well-connected, and help to maintain species diversity and abundance.
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