The immediate past President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma sits on a global steering committee for the Campaign for Nature.
The former President sits in the committee with former heads of state and government, US senators and diplomats.
The committee which was launched on Wednesday 17 June brought together eminent world leaders from regions around the world who are united by the belief that the destruction of the natural world is an urgent issue for their economies, health, and the overall wellbeing of mankind.
The Global Group was formed with the overarching purpose of calling on world leaders to support a new global goal to protect at least 30 percent of the planet’s land and ocean by 2030.
That based on scientific research this is the minimum amount needed to halt global biodiversity loss, which threatens up to one million species with extinction and which is considered by the World Economic Forum to be one of the top five risks facing the global economy.
That the issue of land and marine conservation is timelier than ever and that the coronavirus pandemic has further underscored the need to protect more of the natural world, as studies have shown that the destruction of nature increases the risk of infectious disease outbreaks.
That nature conservation must both be a core element of the economic rescue plans that global leaders are developing to respond to the emerging global recession, and a cornerstone of creating a resilient new economy.
That they would like to call world leaders’ attention to a new report that found that protected areas and the local communities that depend on them for their livelihoods are well positioned for financial support through stimulus packages, and yet thus far they have been overlooked by stimulus discussions.
Former President Koroma sits in the committee with other eminent personality like Russ Feingold, Former US Senator and former Special Envoy to Great Lakes Region of Africa,
Hailemariam Desalegn, Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Christiana Figueres, Former Executive Secretary UNFCCC; José María Figueres, Former President of Costa Rica, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, Former President of Iceland, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Former President of Liberia and many more.
Accepting to be part of the steering committee of eminent group of global Leaders, Former President Korom has this to say: “Throughout the world, and certainly across Africa, local communities around protected areas are suffering and need help. Jobs have been lost, and revenue that is used to support services like health care and education is drying up. It’s obvious that Mother Earth is hurting and we’re all feeling the pain. Governments around the world should therefore step up now to support these protected areas and communities, for our own good.”