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UN Secretary General: The World Needs To Change The Way It Makes To Dispose Of Food
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the world needed to change the way food is made, eaten and disposed of in a speech at the 76th UN General Assembly in New York, Thursday (23/09).
“The war on our planet must end and the food system can help us build that peace,” said Guterres, as quoted from the DW Indonesia website, Saturday (25/9/2021).
Noting that food systems create a third of greenhouse gas emissions, Guterres said that following the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set in 2015 could end hunger and poverty while creating global health and prosperity.
Antonio Guterres also called for reform of agricultural subsidies and said that food should not be seen “just as a commodity to be traded, but as a right that belongs to everyone.”
The World Bank, the International Food Policy Research Institute, and the Food and Land Use Coalition are drawing up plans at the UN general assembly to open up US$4.5 trillion (Rp63 quadrillion) business opportunities with a more equitable food system.
After US President Joe Biden announced he would invest US$10 billion to end hunger earlier this week, the Bill Gates Foundation on Thursday (23/09) also committed to invest US$900 to end the problem of malnutrition worldwide.
Islands Threatened by Drowning
In this UN general assembly, leaders from small island nations such as the Marshall Islands and the Maldives also voiced their concerns about global warming.
According to them, the archipelagic countries they lead could be sinking due to rising sea levels by a temperature increase of 2 degrees Celsius.
“We don’t even have a higher place to live,” Marshall Islands President David Kabua told world leaders in a pre-recorded speech on Wednesday (22/09).
Meanwhile, President of the Maldives Ibrahim Solih on Tuesday (22/09) said that “the difference between 1.5 degrees and 2 degrees is a death sentence for the Maldives.”
The UN climate conference next November’s COP26 in Glasgow will in fact try to pursue the 2015 Paris Agreement goals of halving global emissions by 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.
However, Guyana’s President Irfaan Ali said on Thursday (23/09) that the major polluters were not fulfilling their promise to reduce emissions.
Ali said their “deception” and “failure” would “slightly benefit them to become rulers in the world of dust.”
As is known, carbon fuel emissions create greenhouse gases that erode the ozone layer, contributing to global warming and rising sea levels as the polar ice caps melt.
Even so, sekilas tentang togel singapur the United States (US) and China have pledged more money to help other countries reduce their carbon footprints.
In the UN General Assembly which will last until 27 September, world leaders also expressed their concern that worsening environmental problems will trigger further conflicts in areas with their own socio-political friction.