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UNEP Urges World to Avoid Border Walls, to Save Biodiversity

UNEP Urges World to Avoid Border Walls, to Save Biodiversity

CANCUN, Mexico - Countries must unite to defend biodiversity instead of building border walls, Erik Solheim, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said Friday.
"The United States, Mexico, Europe and China, if they work together toward common solutions, they can achieve miracles, such as the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals," said Solheim, ahead of the 13th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP13) to be held from Dec. 4-17 in Cancun, Mexico.
"It is crucial for all countries and sectors to work together to attack the problems afflict the plant, such as the lack of biodiversity," the official added.
Solheim also took shots at U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's plan to build a border wall along the Mexican border to keep immigrants out.
Pointing out that global efforts have achieved landmark results, such as reducing hunger in Africa by 70 percent, Solheim stated political forces should stand together.
According to Solheim, if political forces are allowed to divide humanity, lofty goals will fail and tourism, environment, and biodiversity will all suffer. (Xinhua)