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Speech by Ibrahim Thiaw, deputy chief of UN Environment at the "Defence and Climate Change" international conference in Skhirat, Morocco.
The 1.3 million kilograms of rubbish collected from here remind the rest of the world that even the most ambitious, global agreements are only as good as the individual action and determination that bring them to life.
With such a powerful tool at our disposal, the choice before us is alarmingly simple: we can choose to save our children or not.
Speech made at the United Nations/Kenya Conference on Space Technology and Applications for Wildlife Management and Protecting Biodiversity
Ending the illegal trade in wildlife and timber is crucial in ending a poverty cycle which too often works against natural resources, instead of working with them.
On this World Environment Day - and the other 364 until the next one we need to take professional action to support the global momentum for change in areas like ending the illegal trade in wildlife, but we also need to take personal action to take care of our own backyard.
"In the last few weeks of my tenure, I wanted to be here, with the people of Ogoniland and it is one of the most meaningful moments of my tenure with the United Nations."