Excellencies, Distinguished delegates,
I am pleased to greet the United Nations Environment Assembly.
We meet at a time of crisis and fragility.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause turmoil worldwide.
Millions of people have been pushed into poverty, with women bearing the heaviest burden.
Inequalities among people and countries are growing.
And we face a triple environmental emergency – climate disruption, appalling biodiversity decline and a pollution epidemic that is cutting short some 9 million lives a year.