UN Official Devotes Herself to Eco-conservation, Protection of Elephants

September 11, 2018
Editor: Tie Ling
UN Official Devotes Herself to Eco-conservation, Protection of Elephants
Chen Hao [Xinhua]

 

Chen Hao, special advisor to the head of UN Environment, has worked on environmental conservation and protection of elephants in Africa for the past six years. 

Chen entered the UN after her graduation in 2011, and worked for six months at the UN Environment headquarters in Nairobi.

As a press officer at the time, Chen made it her responsibility to inform policy recommendations through the use of scientific data. She called on member states to crack down on illegal trading, and launched campaigns to appeal to people to stop consuming wildlife products.

In just over 100 years, the number of African elephants has plunged by 96 percent, risking extinction. On average, one elephant is killed every 15 minutes.

Since December 31, 2017, processing or selling ivory and its products became illegal in China. Li Bingbing, a Chinese actress and UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador, has also spoken out for the protection of Africa's elephants.

Last year, Chen joined the team of UN Environment Executive Director and is now in charge of policy recommendations for the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions.

Chen said people yearn for a better development and higher quality of life, and the natural environment is closely related to human survival.

 

UN Official Devotes Herself to Eco-conservation, Protection of Elephants
Chen Hao presides over the opening ceremony of the high-level meeting of the UN Environment in Kenya in December last year. [Xinhua]

 

(Source: Xinhua/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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