The terrible pandemic we are experiencing has drawn most of our energy and attention during this past year. Unfortunately, pre-existing challenges have not disappeared. The climate and environmental crisis is the most vivid example. COVID-19 forces us to finally acknowledge that our current development model is socially and environmentally unsustainable. This means that 2021 is the key year to find solutions for a sustainable recovery that puts people and the planet at the centre of our socio-economic development.
The UN Conferences of the Parties on Climate and Biodiversity, the UN Food Systems Summit, the start of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, and several key summits in 2021 provide us with an opportunity to step up our climate and environmental commitments and identify solutions to rapidly transform them into reality.