UNGA: ECOWAS Moves To End Exploitation, Species Loss 

Sep 23, 2023 - 14:35
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UNGA: ECOWAS Moves To End Exploitation, Species Loss 
Minister of State Environment Dr Iziaq Salako

By Adetokunbo FAKEYE 

The ECOWAS region says it is committed to ensuring that direct exploitation is no longer a driver of global biodiversity loss.

Nigerian President Bola Tinubu represented by the Minister of State for Environment Dr Iziaq Salako, stated this at "High-Level Event for Nature and People: From Ambition to Action" held on the sidelines of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

"This is essential, and we invite all countries present today to collectively commit to higher ambition to prevent unsustainable exploitation and species loss. achieving the world’s ambitious conservation targets, like 30×30, will require that we all do more to prioritize nature finance. Last year, at the United Nations Biodiversity Conference (COP15), the world agreed to fully close the nature finance gap and set a near term target of delivering at least $20 billion in international finance to the Global South by 2025. Last month in Addis, African countries came together and issued a declaration that underscored the importance of these nature finance targets. Nigeria would like to urge all countries to increase their efforts on this issue and to work with us to ensure that the world follow through on these crucial finance commitments", he said.

The President also noted that the ECOWAS countries are seeking to launch a regional coordination process for the designation of new protected areas.

"This is evident in the massive representation of the ECOWAS countries within the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People, the Global Ocean Alliance, and the Leaders’ Pledge for Nature, our sub-region has launched The ECOWAS appeal for an ambitious global response to the biodiversity crisis to call on the rest of the world to go even further than what these Coalitions are seeking, and to be bolder in its response", he explained.

He said that the vision of Nigeria and the rest of Africa is to ensure that the World truly unites and responds as one.

“I am very pleased that this event intends to channel global attention towards transformation of the global biodiversity ambition to action, Today we are facing a planetary emergency and our response needs to be commensurate with the scale and urgency of this emergency", he stated.

The Nigerian leader also noted that Nigeria is doing its utmost best to promote transformation actions that are commensurate with the scale of the biodiversity crisis.

"We are exerting these efforts within our own country in addition to supporting countries in our Sub-region to increase their capacity in this regard", he added.

Source: VON

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