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Peru's PM: Climate change requires our greatest commitment as a nation

Peruvian Prime Minister Walter Martos participates in a session of the Council of Ministers at the Government Palace in Lima. Photo: ANDINA/PCM

Peruvian Prime Minister Walter Martos participates in a session of the Council of Ministers at the Government Palace in Lima. Photo: ANDINA/PCM

12:21 | Lima, Sep. 23.

Peruvian Prime Minister Walter Martos on Wednesday affirmed that climate change constitutes a threat to peoples' health, as well as requires our greatest commitment and effort as a nation.

The Cabinet member indicated that this issue might currently not seem to be the highest priority because —as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic— the Government is engaged in saving lives, protecting citizens' health, generating employment, and resuming the path to development.

However, the high-ranking official warned that the planet's situation forces nations to acknowledge the serious damage caused by mankind and that only through joint actions by different countries it can be remedied.

"The traditional thing is that the urgent always prevails over the important, but that has not always worked, especially for our overwhelmed planet," he expressed.


"Like the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change threatens the health of all mankind and requires our greatest commitment and effort as a nation (...) We need to work together as a nation for the well-being of present and future generations," he expressed.

Remarks were made as the Prime Minister participated in the establishment of the High-Level Commission on Climate Change. The event took place as part of a new session of the Council of Ministers held at the Lima-based Government Palace.

He also stressed that said space represents the commitment of the Peruvian State to strengthen the national response to climate change from the highest political level.

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Published: 9/23/2020
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