The passage discusses the importance of recognizing and leveraging the connections between the environment, climate, and human health in order to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and build a nature-climate-people-positive future. The upcoming meetings in Nairobi and Lisbon are crucial in defining goals and strategies to stop the decline of nature and create radical and integrated solutions that encompass oceans, biodiversity, and climate accords.

The ocean is a powerful ally in maintaining our climate balance, feeding communities, facilitating trade and economic growth, and providing habitat for a range of species. Protecting and managing ocean ecosystems is essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs and ensuring a sustainable future. Habitats like mangroves, coral reefs, seagrass, and coastal wetlands play an important role in ensuring the stability of economic and natural systems when faced with extreme events and the effects of climate change.

Coastal and marine ecosystems provide social and economic benefits, including nutrition, mitigation, and resilience, and contribute to bringing the ocean onto the agenda of international forums. However, governments have not reached their CBD Aichi Biodiversity Target of 10% marine protected areas coverage by 2020, and there is a gap in ensuring that marine protected areas are efficient, fair, equitable, and connected.

The passage encourages parties of the CBD to reach a consensus on ambitious new goals and commitments at Lisbon, anchored by plans for implementation, including funding, capacity building, technology transfer, transparency, and inclusivity. Financial institutions and governments should intensify their investment in ambitious, comprehensive, inclusive, and integrated solutions to achieve the SDGs and strengthen the links between the marine environment, biodiversity, and climate for a healthy ocean and a sustainable planet.

Source: cgtn.com