Historic agreement on biodiversity at the "COP 15" conference in Montreal
Countries around the world reached a historic agreement today, Monday, in Montreal, to stem the decline of biodiversity and its resources that are indispensable to humanity.
After more than four years of difficult negotiations and ten days and nights of a diplomatic marathon, more than 190 countries reached an agreement under the auspices of COP15 President China, despite the opposition of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Known officially as the "Kunming-Montreal Agreement," this "Treaty of Peace with Nature" aims to protect land, oceans, and species from pollution, degradation, and the climate crisis.
The countries agreed on a roadmap that includes, among other goals, protecting 30 percent of the planet by 2030 and allocating $30 billion in annual aid to developing countries in their efforts to conserve nature.
"The agreement has been adopted," said the Chinese president of the conference, Huang Runqiu, during the plenary session, which was held at night Montreal time, before announcing the adjournment of the meeting, to a standing ovation from the delegates, who looked tired.
"Together we have taken a historic step," said Stephen Guilbeaux, Environment Minister of Canada, which hosted the conference.
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