One Planet Summit: UfM, committed to act in favor of biodiversity
The UfM seeks to mobilize its member states, partners and public and private sector in support of the Action Plan for an Exemplary Mediterranean 2030 to achieve the protection target of 30% of the planet’s surface areas.
11 January 2021, Paris. The fourth One Planet Summit brought together Heads of State and Government and decision-makers to speed up international action for nature. The UfM Secretary General, Nasser Kamel, joined the event and reiterated UfM’s commitment to the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, to continue to collaborate actively to the concretization of the Action Plan for Exemplary Mediterranean by 2030.
The primary goal of the One planet summit is to promote the emergence of tangible solutions for a transition to a low carbon economy, for climate change adaptation and for the protection of biodiversity. This year, the Summit conducted by Emmanuel Macron in collaboration with the United Nations and the World Bank, sought to achieve a new global framework on the conservation of biodiversity. The link between climate change and the degradation of biodiversity is proven, as climate disturbances are disrupting natural environments and posing a threat of extinction for many plant and animal species. This decline in the ecosystems and natural habitats increases the risk of disease transmission from animals to humans, as is the case with the Coronavirus.
Mentioned at the round table under “protection of marine and terrestrial areas”, the “Exemplary Mediterranean Coalition 2030” revolves around 4 pillars: Raise the ambition for the preservation of marine biodiversity in the Mediterranean, promote and develop sustainable fishing to end overfishing by 2030, redouble efforts to fight against marine pollution, in particular so that no plastic is released into the Mediterranean by 2030; and promote maritime transport practices that protect the marine environment and combat climate change.
During his mission to Paris, Secretary General Kamel also met with French Ambassador and Interministerial Delegate for the Mediterranean, Karim Amellal, to discuss the steps forward on activities and initiatives to be developed in 2021.