UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for a “peace treaty with nature” at the COP15 international biodiversity conference. “It is time for an ambitious biodiversity framework – a true peace treaty with nature,” the UN chief told reporters in Montreal, Canada, on Wednesday (local time). He said this is the only way to ensure a “green, healthy future for all.”
Guterres made his comments on the first day of the UN Biodiversity Conference. Delegates from nearly 200 countries are expected to reach a historic agreement within two weeks to prevent the irreversible extinction of animal and plant species and ecosystems. Around 150 activists demonstrated in front of the event center, accusing the conference of “hypocrisy.”
According to estimates, about one million of the presumed eight million animal and plant species on earth are threatened with extinction. In the past 500 years, 680 vertebrate species have disappeared forever, and in recent decades the rate of species extinction has accelerated massively.