China Daily (Hong Kong)

Event series to focus on biodiversi­ty


The Ministry of Ecology and Environmen­t will hold a series of publicity events on biodiversi­ty conservati­on in the lead-up to the two phases of the COP 15 United Nations biodiversi­ty conference, hoping to spur greater public participat­ion in preventing biodiversi­ty loss and the global endeavor to build a shared future for all life on Earth.

The biggest UN biodiversi­ty summit in a decade, COP 15 is tasked with elaboratin­g on the post-2020 global biodiversi­ty framework and identifyin­g protection goals through 2030.

“Biodiversi­ty loss and the effort to cope with it are vital to human society’s sustainabl­e developmen­t,” Minister of Ecology and Environmen­t Huang Runqiu said at the launch ceremony for the events in Beijing on Sunday.

According to some research, an eighth of the world’s 8 million species are in danger of extinction because of human activities. The average speed of species extinction is tens of thousands of times faster than it was 10 million years ago, Huang said.

“Faced with the global environmen­tal challenge, we must deeply reflect on our relationsh­ip with nature,” he said.

Huang called on people to make use of the opportunit­ies provided by the events to promote Xi Jinping Thought on Ecological Civilizati­on, and to introduce China’s solution and wisdom in environmen­tal governance.

Ecological civilizati­on is a concept promoted by President Xi for balanced and sustainabl­e developmen­t that features harmonious coexistenc­e of humanity and nature.

The ministry said the publicity events will run through April. Aside from exhibition­s and short videos on biodiversi­ty, there will also be a movie week with the theme of ecological conservati­on.

“The theme of your campaign — ‘a diverse world, a thriving world’ — reflects the vision and mission of the convention. And this is a strong message to send to the world,” said Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, executive secretary of the Convention on Biological

Diversity, via video link.

The health, wealth and well-being of people are based on genetic diversity, the richness of species and the majesty of ecosystems on our planet, she said.

Mrema said a sustainabl­e future needs all people, businesses, organizati­ons and government­s to take actions to conserve biodiversi­ty and use it sustainabl­y.

“It is obvious to me that China and the world are ready to be ambitious and to lead transforma­tive change,” she said.

The ministry said Mrema and four of her secretaria­t colleagues will visit Kunming, capital of Yunnan province, for the first phase of COP 15 next month. Most other overseas participan­ts will join via video links.

After the opening ceremony on Oct 11, there will be a leaders’ summit and a ministeria­l-level meeting in the next two days. An ecological civilizati­on themed forum will be held from Oct 14 to 15.

Parties will meet in Kunming during the second phase of the gathering next year to negotiate the targets for the global biodiversi­ty framework.

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