Good afternoon, I’m Patrick Greenfield, a biodiversity and atmosphere reporter on the Guardian. Alongside my colleague Phoebe Weston, I’ll be stay running a blog proceedings from a first-of-its-kind summit on the UN in New York, the place world leaders will focus on the rampant destruction of the pure world.
The talks come because the worldwide group negotiates a set of biodiversity targets for the following decade, which the UN’s biodiversity head Elizabeth Maruma Mrema has referred to as humanity’s final probability to reset its relationship with nature. Final decade, the world failed to satisfy a single goal set at earlier talks.
Xi Jinping, Jair Bolsonaro, Boris Johnson, Angela Merkel and Jacinda Ardern are amongst greater than 100 prime ministers and presidents who will handle the occasion. We’ll information you thru proceedings that can start at 10am EST (3pm BST) with an handle from the president of the 75th UN normal meeting, Volkan Bozkır.
In addition to reporting on the discussions and speeches from world leaders, we’ll convey you skilled response and evaluation from scientists and campaigners. Please submit questions within the remark part under or tweet us at @pgreenfielduk or @phoeb0. We’ll attempt to get to as a lot of your questions as attainable however we are able to’t promise we’ll reply everybody.
Right here is the agenda:
10:00-10:50 EST (3pm BST): UN secretary normal António Guterres, Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, Chinese language president Xi Jinping and Prince Charles are among the many many dignitaries that can make statements to open the summit.
10:50-13:00 EST (three:50pm BST): World leaders together with Emmanuel Macron, Muhammadu Buhari and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will make statements to the meeting.
15:00-16:15 EST (8pm BST): Leaders dialogue chaired by Angela Merkel and Imran Khan on addressing biodiversity loss and mainstreaming biodiversity for sustainable growth.
16:15-17:30 EST (9:15 BST): Swedish deputy prime minister Isabella Lövin will then host a dialogue on harnessing science, know-how and innovation for biodiversity with trade heads.
17:30-18:00 EST (10:30pm BST): Closing section.
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For tons of of 1000’s of species threatened by extinction, the stakes of this summit couldn’t be greater. Huge expanses of life-sustaining ecosystems that undermine the material of human civilisation are disappearing and this month, the drumbeat of research and studies highlighting humanity’s destruction of nature is rising louder and louder. Round one million species are liable to extinction, pushed by deforestation, air pollution, agriculture and the local weather disaster. On common, world populations of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles plunged by 68% between 1970 and 2016, in accordance to ZSL and WWF evaluation.
We’ll let you recognize what world leaders plan to do about it all through the day.