Achim Steiner Quotes

Achim Steiner (born 17 May 1961 in Carazinho, Brazil) is an expert in environmental issues and politics who currently serves as Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme. Before joining UNDP, he was Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme UNEP (2006-2016), and director of the Oxford Martin School (2016-2017) He has also served as Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Secretary General of the World Commission on Dams

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A recent report by UNEP and Interpol estimated that between 50 to 90 per cent of logging in key tropical countries of the Amazon basin, Central Africa and South East Asia is being carried out by organized crime. This threatens not only attempts to eradicate poverty and deforestation but also efforts to combat climate change.

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Even if we act immediately, the world is doomed to lose many of its animal and plant species and this inturn will reduce the ability of ecosystems to deliver vital services to human populations. The Red List gives all of us a practical tool for raising awareness of the biodiversity crisis and for forging new partnerships within the international community.

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We are at a pivotal moment in our shared history. The global goals of a healthy planet, social equality, and economic opportunity for all are within reach. But we cannot prevaricate.

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Human beings have fabricated the illusion that in the 21st century they have the technological prowess to be independent of nature. Bees underline the reality that we are more, not less, dependent on natureâ??s services in a world of close to 7 billion people

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Including the value of natural resources and our social capital in national accounting is a vital step to achieve economic growth that is equitable and sustainable.

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Many of our partners are here and this is where the world's expertise on environment and the wider sustainability agenda often and regularly gathers. Here is where international initiatives frequently start and are nurtured. Geneva is one of the hubs where global programs can be often most effectively managed.

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If you take the hard numbers, then science is clearly telling us that we're running out of time.

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Corporation 2020 is an indispensable contribution to the global transformation of finance and corporations as humanity re-integrates centuries of knowledge and continues its inevitable transition from the first Industrial Era... Pavan Sukhdev is a powerful standard-bearer leading us to the cleaner, knowledge-rich Green Economy globally, and this book provides a benchmark and guide to this better future for humanity.

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“Given the tiny amount of good quality tropical forest remaining on Mauritius, this development can only be viewed as catastrophic to the native biodiversity.”

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“Conservation measures are making a difference.”

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“The problem is that the argument has not been made on the scale of national economies, and that is what we are trying to do.”

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“We are talking about a network of marine protected areas that is defined from both an ecological and eco-system perspective as well as from the perspective of the users.”

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The way humanity manages or mismanages its nature-based assets, including pollinators, will in part define our collective future in the 21st century,

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The only ones to profit from illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing are the owners of the fishing fleets who remain hidden behind veils of corporate secrecy.

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Our vision of a sustainable future will only materialize through action taken today.

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