The Mirpuri Foundation joined the UN “Biodiversity: The Ocean’s Role” event.

On the margins of the 2020 Biodiversity Summit, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, Peter Thomson, in coordination with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), organized this High-Level Side-Event on “Biodiversity – the Ocean’s Role”, for the purpose of discussing the Ocean’s integral role on this planet as the largest reservoir of biodiversity and life.

The side event focused on how efforts to address biodiversity, the ocean, and the climate crisis could be best aligned for the benefit of our planet and people.

The webinar featured high-level speakers, such as H.R. H. The Prince of Wales, H.E. Danny Faure (President of Seychelles), Liu Zhemin (UN Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs, and Elizabeth Mrema (CBD Secretariat), among others. Closing the event was  H.E. Isabella Lovin, Minister for Environment and Climate & Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden.

H.R. H. The Prince of Wales mentioned the “we have been arrogantly testing our world for destruction”, and explained how human-induced climate change is affecting our world, with cascading effects for ecosystems.

He also showed that solutions are available and that we need determination to put them in place.

Elizabeth Mrema said that we need concerted efforts when it comes to our common enemy, climate crisis.

Marine life, the world’s climate, our economy and social well-being depend on the existence of a healthy ocean. Although some improvements have been observed, recent assessments show that the Ocean continues to be exploited in an unsustainable manner. Climate change and competition for natural resources are adding further pressure on the marine environment. The decline of biodiversity, the Ocean’s degrading health, and the ongoing climate crisis demand special attention and a nexus approach.