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Prior to the first session of the Open-Ended Working Group, held in Nairobi, Kenya, Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework – EU Support, a project funded by the European Union and implemented by Expertise France, facilitated an expert meeting in cooperation with the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) on intergenerational equity and its transposition in the CBD context.
On the 26th and 27th of August, the workshop brought together experts, civil society, high-level international officials and national representatives.
Intergenerational equity represents an inclusive approach in which all generations share the responsibility of taking action for the environment, with a view to leave a healthy planet for the future of humanity. During those conversations, participants expressed their interest in intergenerational equity and youth empowerment, in the process leading to the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
Participants explored some of the mechanisms to translate intergenerational equity in the biodiversity community. This debate was all the more enlightening that experts beyond the CBD spectrum presented lessons learnt from their own fields of work. Among them, Anna Braam, represented Youth for Climate (YOUNGO/Foundation for the rights of future generations) and Mirna Ines Fernandez Pradel (UN Major Group for Children and Youth) provided insights on the role of youth in the process leading to the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The meeting also presented best cases in national implementation, and touched upon the strong links between intergenerational equity and gender, indigenous peoples and local communities, or human rights challenges.
The meeting also gave the opportunity to engage with CBD parties on the implementation of intergenerational equity at national and Convention levels.
Francis Ogwal and Basile van Havre, co-Chairs of the Open-Ended Working Group and entrusted with leading the process towards COP15, were present and supported the initiative, calling for young people to fuel this non-traditional process with their dynamism and support.
Many of the insightful inputs helped draw a path towards concrete proposals for intergenerational equity to find its way in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
The second Open-Ended Working Group will be held in Kunming on February 24-29 2020.