KUNMING, China, October 13 (Hfrance.fr) - More than 100 countries pledged on Wednesday to put habitat protection at the heart of their government decisions, but they stopped short of committing to specific goals to curb mass extinctions. Chinese Environment Minister Huang Runqiu told delegates at a United Nations biodiversity conference in Kunming city that the declaration they adopted was a document of political will and not a binding international agreement.
The Kunming Declaration calls for "urgent and integrated action " to reflect the considerations of biodiversity in all sectors of the global economy, but crucial issues - such as financing conservation in the poorest countries and engaging in biodiversity-friendly supply chains - have been left to discuss later.
With plants and animal species loss at the fastest rate in 10 million years, politicians, scientists and experts have tried to lay the foundations for a new pact for the safeguard of biodiverseity.
In a previous agreement signed in Aichi, Japan, in 2010, governments agreed to 20 targets to try to slow the loss of biodiversity and protect habitats by 2020, but none of these goals have been met.
Some environmental activists have complained about this disagreement over the Wording of the statement had distracted delegates' attention when urgent action was needed.
An early version of the statement, released in August, included political slogans associated with Chinese President Xi Jinping, which caused tension and underscored what some critics have called China's inexperience in leading international agreements to conclusion. learn more
After thes returns from more than 40 countries, Xi's slogan "lucid waters and lush mountains" has been removed from the text, although the Chinese concept of "ecological civilization" has been retained.
There have been complaints, particularly from Japan, that such language was unclear and that China had passed the statement without sufficient discussion, sources close to the situation.
"Basically they felt that there had not been enough time for consultation on some of the statements said Alice Hughes, conservation biologist participating in the talks on behalf of Beijing-based China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development. Foundation.
Huang told delegates that China followed the same procedures used to adopt previous biodiversity agreements. However, Li Shuo, senior climate adviser at environmental group Greenpeace, said it remains to be seen China has had the experience of driving through a new pact in a second phase of talks next year.
"Our global biodiversity crisis is urgent but until 'Now the progress of the Convention on Biological Persity has been too slow, "he said. Report by David Stanway; Edited by Edwina Gibbs, Robert Birsel
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