The global initiative to save the planet’s biodiversity on land and water must not be allowed to threaten the world’s most vulnerable people, a top human rights expert said.
Under a UN-backed global biodiversity framework draft agreement, countries have agreed to protect 30 per cent of the planet and restore at least 20 per cent by 2030.
While acknowledging that the plan is essential to conserving biodiversity, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and environment, David Boyd, warned that it “must not be achieved at the expense of further human rights violations against indigenous peoples and other rural people”. More
Australian adventurer and UN CMS Ambassador, Sacha Dench, will this week start her 3,000-mile journey in an effort to demonstrate what effect climate change has on biodiversity and in particular, migratory birds. This record-breaking attempt is planned to coincide with the lead up to the COP 26 UN climate change conference taking place in Glasgow later this year.
Sacha will take off near Glasgow today in a electric paramotor, flying anti-clockwise around the coast and returning six weeks later. She will stop along the way to speak with school students and locals about climate challenges and their thoughts on solutions. By documenting her journey through compelling images and story telling, Sacha hopes to reach millions more.
Julia Dean from UNIC Canberra spoke to Sacha about why care about climate, more on what she is doing to promote the issues and her call out to world leaders leading up to COP26.
But she first asked Sacha what was the formative experience that sparked her passion as an environmentalist.
What is the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) doing to support biodiversity? Inger Andersen, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and UNEP Executive Director, answers this and more in her 2021 video message for the International Day for Biological Diversity, which happens every 22nd of May.