UNGA: Leaders for Nature and People

Statement by Prime Minister Erna Solberg at a meeting hosted by World Wide Fund for Nature, 23 September 2019.


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The accelerating loss of nature is a big threat to humankind. As is climate change.

The science is clear.

Business as usual is not an alternative.

We need to take care of our forests and oceans.

Stop biodiversity loss.

And cut emissions.

We must get ourselves on track to reach the SDGs.

We can only succeed through international cooperation.

We need a strong agreement for nature.

Norway is committed to doing what it can to make the biodiversity conference in China next year a success.

The initiative for an Emergency declaration for Nature and People in 2020 could mobilise action for an ambitious outcome.

I invite you to join me in supporting this initiative.

Protecting nature is also about protecting our economy.

The oceans provide food and jobs, but they face serious threats. Protection must go hand-in-hand with sustainable use.

This morning, the High-level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy called for urgent climate-based ocean action.

At the Our Ocean Conference in Oslo next month, we will forge new partnerships and build momentum.

Tropical rainforests are also under serious threat.

These unique ecosystems have a vital role to play in mitigating climate change and maintaining global biodiversity.

They are also important sources of food, medicines and livelihoods.

Tropical deforestation continues at alarming rates.

We must do more to protect our forests.

We know that agriculture is a major driver of deforestation and biodiversity loss.

However, the recent report from the Food and Land Use Coalition shows that it is possible to feed a growing population in a way that helps to mitigate climate change and safeguard biodiversity.

Norway will continue to support tropical forest countries that are committed to significantly reducing forest loss in the period up to 2030.

We attach great importance to strong partnerships and alliances.

And we greatly appreciate the tropical forest countries that are leading the way.

For example, Gabon is showing strong political will to protect its forests.

I am pleased that we are entering into a results-based agreement with Gabon through the Central African Forest Initiative.

Indonesia has succeeded in reducing deforestation over the last few years.

President Jokowi's reforms are producing results.

And we are about to make our first payment under our results-based partnership.

We all have a responsibility to take action.

Our leadership will be crucial.