UNDP Report Launch: Biodiversity and the Business and Human Rights Agenda

UNDP Report Launch: Biodiversity and the Business and Human Rights Agenda

Asia’s ecosystems and biodiversity are under extraordinary pressure from a variety of sources, many of them related to the drive for rapid economic growth.  

Natural resource and land exploitation, pollution, and climatechange are threatening the loss of the continent’s rich biodiversity.  Today, 17 out of 36 global biodiversityhotspots – ecologically-rich areas under threat – are found in Asia.

The drive for development has also led to many Asian countries to fall short on agreed conservation goals, undercutting the ability of our coastlines, riverways, and forests to protect us from extreme weather events in danger. Ecosystems failure and biodiversity loss also put our basic human rights at risk while compounding inequality.

How can businesses contribute to halting and reversing the twin crises of biodiversity loss and ecological degredation, whileproviding access to fundamental human rights?

With the launch of the report ”Asia in Focus: Biodiversity and the Business and HumanRights Agenda,“ United Nations Development Programme, businessleaders and other expert speakers will help us unpack the linkages betweenbiodiversity and human rights, expand on the costs of climate change, andoutline the actions that need to be taken.

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