Solar aviation pioneer and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Bertrand Piccard delivered an inspiring live video message to environment ministers at the eighth Environment for Europe Conference which took place in Batumi, Georgia on 7-9 June 2016.
“Be ambitious and use the solutions we have today,” he stressed, calling for the legal framework to be put in place "to change the world" and slash global emissions.
“Normally at conferences we would not speak of pledges, we would only repeat problems. Yet now we have the opportunity to speak of solutions - and this is exactly what we need,” said Bertrand Piccard, with countries and organisations issuing pledges to make the transition to a Green Economy a reality.
Mr Piccard is together with André Borschberg one of the pilots of the Solar Impulse plane which completed a journey around the globe on solar power alone.
Over 100 pledges for a Green Economy were made by countries and organisations at the ministerial conference. To read the pledge made by your country, click here.
For more information on the Ministerial Conference please click here.