Statement by President von der Leyen at the Forests and Climate Leaders’ Partnership Summit

European Union
November 7, 2022
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Ursula von der Leyen

Indeed, I am a medical doctor by training, so I know exactly what the function of lungs is. And there is a reason why we call our forests our lungs. So if the lungs of our planet are not kept healthy or restored, the whole planet is suffering – everywhere on the planet. And therefore, it is of course in our common interest to restore these great lungs that we have on our planet. And to focus on the Great Green Wall: Last year, at COP26, it was about pledging, about promises, about goals. This year is about implementation. So I just want to report about what we have done in that year. There are three points I want to look at. The first is funding. The second is trade. And the third is partnerships. …Last but not least, I am very happy that you are creating the Forests and Climate Leaders’ Partnership. And I can confirm that we are proud and happy that the European Union is officially joining.

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