The Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Inger Andersen, cited Morocco as an example in promoting and investing in renewable energies, on the occasion of the presentation of a new major United Nations report on the environment.
“I should cite Morocco as an example (…) of countries which invested ten years ago in renewable energies and which are now major producers of renewable energies from the dual thermal wind and solar power “Said Inger Andersen at a joint press conference with the UN Secretary General for the presentation of this important report entitled” Making peace with nature “.
The UN official also called on developing countries to invest in nature and to initiate the shift in energy transformation, in order to achieve a “renewed economy” that respects the environment.
According to the UNEP report, the world could tackle climate, biodiversity and pollution crises at the same time. However, these crises require “urgent action on the part of the whole of society”, argued, for his part, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres.
“People’s choices matter,” said Antonio Guterres, noting that around two-thirds of global CO2 emissions are linked to households.
“The atmosphere and the oceans have become dumps for our waste and governments continue to pay more to exploit nature than to protect it,” he lamented, adding that “we overuse and degrade the environment on land and sea ”.
The UNEP study also shows that the world economy has almost quintupled over the past five decades, but at enormous cost to the environment.
Despite a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, global warming is set to increase by 3 degrees Celsius during this century, as pollution-related diseases kill some nine million people prematurely each year and that more than a million plant and animal species are at risk of extinction, it adds.