China calls for global action to address environmental issues at the Fifth United Nations Environment Conference
On the 22nd local time, the two-day Fifth United Nations Environment Assembly was held. Representatives of UN member states, business leaders, heads of civil organizations and environmentalists participated online. Huang Runqiu, Minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China, said in his speech that man and nature are the community of life. The triple crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental pollution is superimposed, and it is urgent to “strengthen nature protection actions and achieve sustainable development goals”.
Huang Runqiu said that 2021 is a crucial year for us to take action. The 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15) will be held in Kunming, China. The theme of the conference “Ecological Civilization: Building a Community of Life on Earth” closely follows the current situation and points out the direction for global biodiversity governance. As the host country, China is actively doing various preparatory work in accordance with the overall arrangements of the Convention Secretariat. It is expected that the conference will adopt an ambitious, pragmatic and balanced post-2020 biodiversity framework to promote more fair and reasonable global governance and effectively curb the trend of biodiversity loss. All localities have overcome the adverse effects of the epidemic and worked hard to advance the negotiation process. China would like to take this opportunity to call on all parties to adhere to the principles and spirit of the Convention, strive to seek common ground while reserving differences, and use the few months in the next few months to reach agreement on the goals and tasks of the framework as soon as possible.
Huang Runqiu said that in the face of global environmental problems, no country can solve it alone. It must carry out global actions, global responses and global cooperation. China is willing to share experience with the international community and take positive actions together to contribute more to building a community of life on earth in which man and nature live in harmony.
As the world‘s highest-level environmental decision-making body, the United Nations Environment Assembly is held every two years to stimulate global collective action against challenges such as climate change, pollution, and ecosystem degradation. Affected by the new crown pneumonia epidemic, the Fifth United Nations Environment Assembly held an online meeting from February 22 to 23, and an offline meeting at its headquarters in Nairobi in February 2022.