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Trudeau urges largest countries in the world to support UN biodiversity plan

BY , Sep 29, 2020 12:16 AM - REPORT AN ERROR

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives with Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam, left, for a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is calling on countries with the largest land mass to do more to protect the biodiversity of their land and water.

Trudeau made that call today at a special session of the United Nations via video conference on the sidelines of the virtual General Assembly meeting.

Trudeau was taking part in the Leaders Event for Nature and People that also featured the leaders of Costa Rica and Norway.

The prime minister was pledging Canada's support for a UN initiative that aims to protect 30 per cent of land and oceans by 2030.

But Trudeau says that Canada is the only country in the top-10 largest countries by land mass that has joined the initiative.

He says that because of the ``sheer acreage'' that those countries encompass, more of them need to step up to protect biodiversity.

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