World Leaders Pledge to Put Biodiversity and Climate at the Heart of Recovery

Political leaders from around the world have launched the Leaders’ Pledge for Nature, committing to reversing biodiversity loss by 2030. Supported by more than 70 countries and several non-state actors, the pledge is meant to send a united signal to step up global ambition for biodiversity, nature, climate, and people. The Leaders’ Pledge for Nature was developed by the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), Belize, Bhutan, Colombia, Costa Rica, the European Union, Finland, Kenya, Seychelles, and the United Kingdom, together with partner organizations. It was launched on 28 September, prior to the UN Summit on Biodiversity. In the pledge, the political leaders recognize:

“We are in a  state of planetary emergency: the interdependent crises of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation and climate change – driven in large part by unsustainable production and consumption – require urgent and immediate global action. Science clearly shows that biodiversity loss, land and ocean degradation, pollution, resource depletion and climate change are accelerating at an unprecedented rate.”

In the pledge, the political leaders note that these crises aggravate poverty, inequalities, and hunger, and warn that they need to be “halted and reversed with immediate effect.” They commit to 10 actions as part of the UN Decade of Action, for instance:

  • Putting biodiversity, climate, and the environment at the heart of COVID-19 recovery strategies and investments; ensuring a green and just response to the pandemic.
  • Raising climate ambitions.
  • Addressing the “interrelated and interdependent challenges of biodiversity loss, land, freshwater and ocean degradation, deforestation, desertification, pollution, and climate change in an integrated and coherent way.”