United Nations emits report of “Harmony with Nature” Bolivia’s initiative

“The present technologic era has meant an impoverishment of the historic relationship of the human beings with nature.” This is one of the conclusions of the report entitled “Harmony with Nature” presented by the General Secretary for the consideration of the General Assembly following a resolution on that topic initiated by the Plurinational State of Bolivia, which gained the co-sponsorship of 61 countries and was adopted by consensus in December of last year.

“Nature has been treated as merchandise that exists in order to create profit,” continues the report, which goes on to claim that it is a mistake to believe “that all environmental problems can be solved with technological solutions.”

The report indicates that scientific research has found that we have exceeded the limits of the planet, and that this has caused desertification, loss of biodiversity, climate change and changes in the Earth’s natural cycles.

The report “Harmony with Nature” shows that other kinds of relationships with the environment are possible, such as those practiced by peoples and states that use the concept of “Living Well” to guide their interactions with one another and with nature.  It mentioned that, in some countries, progress is being made in recognizing and defending the rights of nature. Likewise, it proposes that it is necessary to transform patterns of consumption and production. It also argues that within “sustainable development,” the environment is often given less importance than economic and social considerations, due to a lack of acknowledgement that humans are inseperable from nature and that we cannot damage it without damaging ourselves.

This report reafirmes the interdependence between conservation and development, and argues that development depends on the care of the earth. It establishes that, because the Earth’s resources are limited, it is necessary to create a sustainable model for production, consumption and the economy as a whole.

The report concludes by making recommendations in the areas of education, science and policy development and initiatives to promote a “holistic” approach to the relationship between human beings and nature.

This first report of General Secretary will be considered at the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly which opens in September this year.