Vanuatu Calls On Developed Countries To Pledge Significantly Higher Ambition As Deadline Looms For Biodiversity Framework

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Montreal Canada - A post 2020-Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) with protection and conservation measures alone will not be able to halt and reverse the loss of biodiversity.

Rather, world leaders must elevate the ambition and demand urgent action to equitably halve humanity’s footprint on biodiversity by 2030. Only then will mankind be able to halt global biodiversity loss and place it on the path to recovery by 2030, for the benefit of the planet and people.

This is what Vanuatu’s Minister of Climate Change, Hon. Ralph Regenvanu, told world leaders during the High Level Segment of the 15th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15) at the Palais des Congress in Montreal, Canada on Friday.

“Small island states like Vanuatu have negligible footprints as compared to developed countries, so we want to see developed countries pledging significantly higher ambition to reduce their footprints, and to incentivise or create policies that require large corporations and the private sector to significantly reduce their footprint on nature,” Hon. Regenvanu said.

“An ambitious GBF will require accessible resources, from all sources, commensurate with the challenge we face, and will require aligning all financial flows with the objectives of the Convention and the GBF.  And there must be significantly greater investment towards supporting SIDS like Vanuatu in transforming its key sectors.”

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