Ban: Environmental Protection Fundamental to MDGs

Having seen the first-hand effects of climate change, U.N. chief Ban Ki-Moon underscored the significance of environmental protection in meeting the global development goals. Photo by: Eskinder Debebe/UN Photo

Environmental protection should be a fundamental component of the strategy to attain the Millennium Development Goals, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. “Without a sustainable environmental base, we will have little hope of attaining our objectives for reducing poverty and hunger and improving health and human well-being,” he said in a message on International Mother Earth Day.Climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss, Ban said, are some of the consequences of humans’ “neglectful stewardship” of environmental resources.

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.