There are increasing calls from Sharm El-Sheikh to make the COP15 on biodiversity a “priority”.

The fight against global warming also includes protecting nature. As COP27 on climate, which continues in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, introduces calls to COP15 on biodiversity “Priority” by NGOs, scientists and other personalities. This other world conference, which opens in less than three weeks in Montreal, Canada, is crucial for the future of the planet: there a new global framework must be adopted to try to put an end to the destruction of ecosystems by 2030.

Wednesday, November 16, several of the architects of the Paris Agreement, through which countries committed in 2015 to limit global warming to below 2 0C, urged the leaders to do so “Intensify your measures to deal with accelerated nature loss”finally “an ambitious and transformative agreement” during COP15 Biodiversity. “There is no way to limit global warming to 1.5 0C without measures to protect and restore nature”Remembering COP21 President Laurent Fabius, COP20 President Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, former Executive Secretary of the Framework Convention on Climate Change Christiana Figueres and former French Ambassador for Climate Laurence Tubiana.

According to these personalities “courageous leadership” is necessary to in Montreal a “Twin Agreements with that of Paris”. So far, however, this political momentum has been lacking in the negotiation process. Around 350 civil society actors, including representatives of youth associations, indigenous peoples, environmental organizations and business coalitions, declared themselves on Wednesday “deeply concerned by the lack of ambition of governments” on the draft agreement to stop the dramatic loss of biodiversity and called on them to hold COP15 “a priority”.

“Raise this crisis to the level it deserves”

The organization Campaign for Nature is particularly concerned that no head of state should be present in Canada if there were more than 120 at the opening of COP27. Chinese leader Xi Jinping, who is chairing this world conference, will not be traveling to Montreal and has only officially invited ministers to attend. On Tuesday, thirteen former leaders asked the UN to invite world leaders to visit Canada. “The presence of leaders on the ground is essential to take this crisis to the level it deserves”affirm the former leaders of Ethiopia, Colombia, Argentina and the Philippines.

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