Foreign Desk Report
NEW YORK: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Wednesday accused humanity of “waging war on nature” and called on world leaders to “change course and transform our relationship with the natural world.”
“One consequence of our imbalance with nature is the emergence of deadly diseases such as HIV-AIDS, Ebola, and now Covid-19, against which we have little or no defence,” he said, while opening the UN’s first-ever summit on the biodiversity crisis.
A large number of heads of state/government and top officials are participating in the summit via video-link. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will address the meeting later today.
In his remarks, the UN chief said, “Degradation of nature is not purely an environmental issue it spans economics, health, social justice and human rights.