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Take urgent action to protect and sustainably manage fragile and vital web of life on our one and only planet: UN Chief
On the occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity celebrated with the theme "Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health" on May 22, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message said, "On this International Day for Biological Diversity, I urge all governments, businesses and civil society to take urgent action to protect and sustainably manage the fragile and vital web of life on our one and only planet."

According to the UN, while there is a growing recognition that biological diversity is a global asset of tremendous value to present and future generations, the number of species is being significantly reduced by certain human activities.

"From individual species through entire ecosystems, biological diversity is vital for human health and well-being.  The quality of the water we drink, the food we eat and the air we breathe all depend on keeping the natural world in good health.  We need healthy ecosystems to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and to address climate change: they can provide 37 per cent of the mitigation needed to limit global temperature rise," he added while showing concern about unprecedented threats to the world's ecosystems face unprecedented threats.

"Solutions exist.  By halting environmentally harmful practices, diversifying our food systems and promoting more sustainable production and consumption patterns, we can improve global health, increase food security and strengthen resilience to climate change," he advised.

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