Green leaders celebrating 50 years of the conservation body, the WWF spoke of the global responsibility needed to prevent damage to the planet.
The event, which took place in Zurich on Friday, urged countries to consider urgent action in moving toward greener economies, in order to achieve sustainable development.
Low-carbon technology, green infrastructures, investment in renewable energy and sustainable agriculture were all listed as being essential in combatting climate change, poverty and water shortages.
Dr. Pema Gyamtsho, Bhutan’s Minister of Agriculture and Forests, said: “What happens in the Himalayas and South Asia is going to impact all of us. Can we afford to wait until 2050 to limit temperature rises to two degrees celsius? Two degrees will be too much and 2050 will be too late.”