UNGA chief calls for desisting from actions that threaten Earth's natural life; G-77 endorses.

Marking International Mother Earth Day, UN General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid Friday urged collective action to safeguard biodiversity and protect ecosystems so that human health and well-being are not endangered.

'We are wreaking havoc on our own home the only home we have, the one home we all share,' President Shahid told an interactive dialogue on Harmony with Nature.

Pakistan, speaking on behalf of the 'Group of 77' developing countries and China, echoed UNGA president's words, warning that if the current trend of biodiversity loss and environmental degradation continued, 'we would seriously jeopardize our existence on this planet.'

'It is scientifically proven that the loss in biological diversity would pose a threat to our society, our culture, our prosperity, and our planet,' said Umer Younis, an official of the Pakistan Mission to the UN.

In his remarks, Shahid, the president of 193-member Assembly, urged the international community to accept responsibility for its reckless behaviour, noting that science has shown that our continued and careless encroachment into the world's ecosystems has damaged biodiversity and endangered...

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