Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday called for global cooperation to reverse the biodiversity loss that is threatening human civilisation.
He made the call via video speech at the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.
The conference, known as COP15, started on Oct.11, in Kunming, the capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province.
He said the destruction of biodiversity results in a polluted environment, as well as scarcity of food and water.
“This situation causes conflicts and forces people to migrate.
“Environmental degradation is one of the reasons that turned the Mediterranean and the cradle of civilizations into a refugee graveyard.”
He urged countries bearing the historical responsibility to be the first to take action in the face of this threat.
“All countries should join hands to this end.”