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UN: Sovereign right” to use “wealth of resources” found in Amazon – Bolsonaro

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French President Emmanuel Macron urged the nations to step up in “the fight against environmental crime,” at the UN Biodiversity Summit on the topic of “Urgent action on biodiversity for sustainable development,” at the UN Headquarters in New York, on Wednesday.

“We must put a definitive end to all illegal activities that endanger nature, destroy ecosystems, feed corruption, hinder the development of the rule of law and, ultimately call into question the sustainable development of humanity,” Macron said.

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, in his pre-recorded address, attacked “international greed” towards the Amazon rainforest, and said it was within a country’s right to use its resources.

“We shall defend it against actions and narratives that may prove harmful to our national interests,” he added.

Prince Charles, heir to the throne in the UK, criticised modern society for failing to listen to the signs of nature, saying indigenous people were right.

“This virtuous circle of nature is something the world’s indigenous people understand only too well. And it is why we should listen and learn from the profound wisdom of their intuitive sixth sense, something we have so rationally and tragically discarded as being irrelevant in a modern world,” he said.

The conference comes as worldwide governments have failed to meet targets this year to stop the destruction of ecosystems and wildlife.

64 countries have signed a commitment to halt the destruction of biodiversity. The US, Russia, China and Australia were among countries who did not agree to the pledge.

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