Building a shared future for all life on earth

Azlan Othman

Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong attended the high level segment of the United Nations Biodiversity Conference, themed ‘Ecological Civilization – Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth’, through video conference, hosted by the People’s Republic of China on October 12-13.

In line with the conference’s theme, the objective of the conference was to build and maintain political momentum in support of the ongoing negotiations to develop a detailed and effective post-2020 global biodiversity framework, due for adoption at phase two of the conference scheduled in early 2022.

During the meeting, in-depth discussions amongst ministers and other high-level representatives, as well as international and regional organisations and stakeholder groups on a variety of topics such as recovery, financing gaps, biodiversity conservation and knowledge and innovation, were made to reinforce the ambition for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali, representing the current Chair of ASEAN, and the nine other ASEAN member states, delivered the ASEAN Joint Statement to the conference.

The joint statement highlighted the importance of ASEAN’s biodiversity, noting it provides a multitude of opportunities for livelihood and economic development, contribute to poverty alleviation, technology and innovation, serving as an effective adaption and mitigation measures against climate change impacts and is crucial for building resilience against new and emerging diseases.

ASEAN member states have agreed to intensify efforts on protected areas, particularly to improve the management of ASEAN Heritage Parks, through research, technology transfer, innovation, capacity enhancement and the adoption of sustainable financing options.

The joint statement also called upon Convention on Biological Diversity Parties and other governments to undertake transformative actions in mainstreaming biodiversity across various development sectors, and the sustainable management of ecosystems, including through ecosystem-based approached and nature-based solutions.

Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong at the high level segment of the United Nations Biodiversity Conference hosted by video call. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN