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Leaders appeal for 'urgent action' on environment - 2 months ago, 14 Mar 05:36

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World leaders gathered in Kenya on Thursday to lend political muscle to UN environment talks, calling for "urgent action" to slow the destruction of natural habitats and accelerate funding for green development.

French President Emmanuel Macron and Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta were among several heads of state in Nairobi for the fourth UN Environment Assembly -- a vast gathering of ministers, legal experts, charities and business leaders.

The assembly aims to push countries to commit to slashing pollution and widening renewable energy, recycling and conservation.

But it lacks the legal teeth to compel nations to act, and there is no prospect of it reaching a binding international action plan this week.

"Current global statistics are quite sobering and projections for future generations are dire and demand urgent action," Kenyatta told delegates.

"Climate change continues to be a major threat to sustainable development worldwide. And its impact places a disproportionately ...
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