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Stop being complacent, show some urgency, and get real about implementing the goals you set in 2015 for achieving sustainable development.Urgent action is needed if the world governments are serious about securing a healthy planet for healthy people. Although the report might not say it as boldly as Jock, this is ultimately the essence of the report, which shows that the overall environmental situation is worsening globally and the window for action is closing. Moreover, healthy environment is not only a necessity for human health and well-being, but also a prerequisite for economic prosperity.At the same time, this helps to achieve climate and air quality targets and increase agricultural production.For those who take the lack of decisive evidence in certain areas as an excuse for inaction, the hundreds of scientists who produced the UNEP report had a clear message: while more data will always be needed, in an ever changing environment and global scene, evidence which already exists is enough to compel urgent action on all environmental fronts.Najib Saab is secretary-general of AFED and editor-in-chief of Environment and Development magazine (www.afedmag.com). He was member of the High Level Group that oversaw the production of UNEP's Global Environment Outlook.
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