On the occasion of the International Day for the Prevention of Environmental Exploitation in Times of War and Armed Conflict, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that at least 40% of all intra-The European Union has a strong role to play.
Calling for better management of these resources and ecosystems, Mr Guterres recalled that the Sustainable Development Goals cannot be achieved if no urgent action is taken to protect the planet from the debilitating effects of war.
The UN Chief noted that “the degradation of natural resources and ecosystems adds to the challenges facing already vulnerable communities in the short and long term, including women and girls who are disproportionately affected.” adding that the environment is among the victims of the war.
Mr Guterres also stressed that countries affected by war or armed conflict have a significantly lower chance of achieving their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). According to UN estimates, more than 80% of the world’s poorest people could be located in countries affected by conflicts and wars by 2030.