At first glance, the United Nations (UN) seems more bewildering than ever this week, as world leaders descend on New York to grapple with the problems of a bewildering world. Leaders from every corner of the globe are talking about the growing demands for food, water and energy, as global population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050. How to lift millions from poverty while ensuring that a growing middle class uses resources sustainably are at the top of the agenda. Countries are looking for answers and have lessons to share. And nature offers some important solutions.
Today, The Nature Conservancy teamed up with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Island Partnership to bring leaders together to share their experiences and learn from one another. Investing in nature is essential to smart development, and leaders from the biggest G20 nations to small island developing states are demonstrating this in different ways. I was proud to represent the Conservancy at today’s gathering of Leaders Valuing Nature.
Charles McNeill, Senior Policy Adviser, UNDP, provided opening remarks and welcomed everyone to UNDP headquarters. He voiced his appreciation for the leadership shown by the panelists and commented that UNDP maintains a high level of commitment to environment for development, adding “nature-based solutions will continue to be a pillar of UNDP’s solutions well into the future.”