Ten years ago in October of 2010, at the tenth United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP10) a 10-year Strategic Plan for Diversity was adopted under the theme of "living in harmony with nature."
The 10-year framework called for action by all countries to safeguard biodiversity and the benefits it provides along with its sustainable use.
As we approach the end of the UN Decade on Biodiversity, the overall assessment shows progress towards global biodiversity targets insufficient despite many local examples of success.
Biodiversity is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history, with growing impacts on people and our planet.
As the United Nations celebrates 75 years, it also marks the start of a new UN decade of action and delivery on SDGs.
Ambitions raised again for the development of a framework to put nature on a path to recovery by 2030 to meet the SDGs, efforts are needed to ensure that the response to the current health and economic COVID-19 crisis is green, just and contributes directly to recovering better and achieving sustainable societies.
It's the topic of our News In Depth tonight. Live in the studio with us is Kim Moon Ju, Senior researcher
at the Association for Supporting the SDGs for the United Nations.
Kim Moon Ju, welcome to the show.
First of all, could you give us a brief explanation of your organization.
UN Climate Change Executive Secretary, Patricia Espinosa, underscored that while COVID-19 is "the most urgent threat facing humanity today…we cannot forget that climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity over the long term."
Now, the General Assembly will this Wednesday at the Summit on Biodiversity settle the past decade and set out for the next decade.
Where do we stand in efforts towards saving planet earth globally, as a country, and as individuals?
Climate change related environmental goals are generally set long-term.
We also see this in the SDGs, or Sustainable Development Goals, which were set in 2015 for the year 2030.
As the timeframe goes beyond any political leadership term, it goes to show that regardless of state-authority, efforts to save the environment must continue.
What goals of the 2011-2020 Strategic Plan for Biodiversity have been met?
A new UN decade of action is in the planning What happens to the unachieved goals of the past decade?
So what are the new set of goals to be set for the next decade?
Are there any particular reasons as to why future goals are focused on global ocean action?
As a peninsula, South Korea is surrounded by ocean. What efforts need to be made by South Korea?
This year's 75th anniversary of the UN also marks the 5th anniversary of the adoption of the SDGs, intended to be achieved by 2030. That's part of the UN Resolution titled the "2030 Agenda."
How does the COVID-19 pandemic impact the environmental progress and goals?
Working closely with the UN, as a non-governmental organization in special consultative status with the ECOSOC the United Nations Economic and Social Council, what are your goals in support of the UN's SDGs?
Kim Moon Ju, Senior researcher at the Association for Supporting the SDGs for the United Nations, many thanks for speaking with us tonight. We appreciate it.