UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at the beginning of Biodiversity Cop 15 that humanity has become a weapon of mass destruction and that governments must end the “brawl of destruction”. We are not in harmony with nature. In fact, we are playing a completely different tune. Around the world, for hundreds of years, we have heard the cacophony of chaos played on the instruments of destruction. Deforestation and desertification are creating wastelands for once-thriving ecosystems,” he said.
“Our boundless desire for uncontrolled and unequal economic growth will drive the world’s economy forward,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said at the outset of talks to develop a 10-year framework to save the planet’s forests, seas and species. Mankind has become mankind’s weapon, and mankind has become popular”, extinction. This meeting is our chance to stop this destructive brawl,” he added. Earlier this year, a group of countries called on wealthy countries to allocate $100 billion annually to biodiversity, increasing contributions to $700 billion annually by 2020. Some countries are backing alternative financing mechanisms, a move opposed by wealthier countries.Bernadette Fischler Hooper, WWF International Advocacy Director, described the summit as “perhaps the last and best opportunity for governments to turn things around for nature and save our precious life support systems.”