Newsletter #20 – Building a shared future for all life
Gavin Edward, Voice for Transformative Actions
On the occasion of International Biodiversity Day, watch Gavin Edwards from WWF talk about Nature Positive and a growing mobilization for Nature. Watch
DAVOS 2022 HISTORY AT A TURNING POINT: GOVERNMENT POLICIES AND BUSINESS STRATEGIES
What are the biggest issues to be discussed? Five experts are reflecting diverse takes on what should be top-of-mind, including Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International, explaining that the way forward is to make organizations answerable for declining biodiversity – and to establish a global goal to halt and reverse nature loss and achieve a nature positive world by 2030, so that there is more nature in 2030 than 2020, using biodiversity sustainably and ensuring the fair and equitable sharing of benefits from the use of genetic resources.
Themeeting will last until 26th of May with key conferences in relation to the nature and the climate crisis among which: staying on course for Nature Action with the Minister of environment from Columbia, and Elisabeth Mrema CBD; but also Forging Multistakeholder Partnerships for Radical Climate Action; Returning Nature to Cities; A wake-up call for Nature; Safeguarding our planet and people; Latin America Presidential panel (including Peru, Costa Rica and Columbia); Accelerating corporate investment in nature; Food Systems in Crisis; Biodiversity Finance; Turning-Up the heat on Greenwashing... Get informed
Eva Zabey, Voice for Transformative Actions
On the occasion of the World Economic Forum 2022, watch Eva Zabey from Business For Nature talking about business actions towards a Nature Positive world, and business involvement in the Global Biodiversity Framework during the OEWG 3 event in Geneva. Watch
CITIES WITH NATURE - 22 ACTIONS FOR NATURE
CitiesWithNature 22 Actions for Nature campaign CitiesWith Nature has prepared 22 Actions Cities can take #ForNature encouraging 22 Actions for Nature campaign, to celebrate Biodiversity Day, World Environment Day and keep the momentum going! The newly launched CitiesWithNature Action Platform - recognized by UNBiodiversity, is the place to learn, share & take action! Get informed
Ingrid Coetzee, Voice for Transformative Actions
On the occasion of the ICLEI Congress 2022, watch Ingrid Coetzee from ICLEI - Local Government for Sustainability talking about mobilization, transformative actions and implementation of the GBF during the OEWG 3 event in Geneva. Watch
YOUTH ROCKING FOR BIODIVERSITY
GYBN network is taking this year's idea of 22 Actions for Biodiversity to the next level.
Asking kids, parents, and grandparents to join them and take part in the fun actions for biodiversity from the 16th of May to the 3rd of June 2022. The winners will be announced on World Environment Day. The GYBN #StoptheSame campaign has also launched a new action this year - the Youth Wave of Actions. An opportunity for youth to showcase, to the people through social media, what young people are saying about the sameness of the world and to bring concrete youth-led actions to the forefront.GYBN is excited to use this year's biodiversity celebrations to create more space for inter-generational dialogues, learnings, and actions and encourage youth to sign the youth Manifesto.
Spatial Planning: a mediating tool for the implementation of the Rio conventions and the SDGs On the occasion of the UNCCD COP15 where land was be put at the center of attention, our project proposes to launch a cycle of cross-cutting exchanges within the 3 Rio Conventions and other international agreements directly concerned by spatial planning for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Read
Sectoral commitments: key factors towards OEWG4 in Nairobi Together with BIODEV2030 project, 16 countries met on May 17 and 18 to prepare to speak up on how biodiversity mainstreaming can contribute to resource mobilization for the Post2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. This webinar was attended by Focal Points and representatives of key economic sectors from the 16 countries, and highlighted the strategic priorities in relation to the ongoing negotiations on the new Post2020 GBF. Read
EU KNOWLEDGE CENTRE FOR BIODIVERSITY
The Knowledge Centre for Biodiversity facilitates the integration between various anthropogenic activities like agriculture, housing, trade to reduce loss of biodiversity. It supports policymaking by:
developing tools that support the implementation of the EU Biodiversity Strategy, including its global dimension;
Identifying, filtering and structuring relevant information and making it accessible bringing together researchers, policy-makers, NGOs, industry and citizens;
Analysing, synthesising available evidence and communicating it in a transparent, tailored and concise manner.
The Knowledge Center for Biodiversity and the Post 2020 Biodiversity Framework – EU support project share a similar mandate in providing fast track replies for urgent policy needs and develop policy options for all stakeholders related to the Global Biodiversity Framework implementation. They jointly act to transform biodiversity actions on the ground to potentiate and embed them in the EU action in partner countries.
CELEBRATING THE RICHNESS OF THE ASEAN REGION
In joining the global celebration of Biodiversity Day, the ASEAN center for Biodiversity-ACB held a regional event last Sunday. A virtual event to talk about this year's theme, the richness of the ASEAN region, and the progress made so far in putting together the regional knowledge platform that is the ASEAN Biodiversity Dashboard, an interactive and user-friendly online platform that has the most trusted and up-to-date biodiversity data layers and indicators.
Two upcoming key IPBES reports 1. How can we include the multiple values of nature in decision-making? The IPBES #ValuesAssessment will explore nature's diverse values and approaches to valuing nature's contributions to people, the methods to measure them and much more... 2. The use of wild species is a vital part of almost every human community. How can people sustainably benefit from wild species? @IPBES launches in July 2022 its #SustainableUse of Wild Species Assessment.
UN Chief: 5 key areas to fast-track global efforts to fast-track transition to renewable energy Four key climate change indicators – greenhouse gas concentrations, sea level rise, ocean heat and ocean acidification – set new records in 2021. This is yet another clear sign that human activities are causing planetary-scale changes on land, in the ocean, and in the atmosphere, with dramatic and long-lasting ramifications. The Secretary-General outlines five critical actions the world needs to prioritize now to transform our energy systems and speed up the shift to renewable energy - “because without renewables, there can be no future.”
The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture has released the Framework for Action on Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture.. This Framework is the international community’s response to the 2019 FAO report on The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture, which highlighted the decline of much of the ecosystem, species and genetic diversity that underpins food production. The Framework provides a basis for global, national and local action to stop the loss of biodiversity of relevance to world food security and features 57 specific actions designed to foster a transition to a more resilient, adaptable and biodiversity-friendly agriculture that is better able to deliver food security, promote good nutrition and health, reduce poverty, support livelihoods and reduce threats to the environment.
2-3 June, UNEP Stockholm +50 (Stockholm+50) is an international meeting convened by the United Nations General Assembly to be held in Stockholm, Sweden from 2-3 June 2022. It will commemorate the 50 years since the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, which made the environment a pressing global issue for the first time. Some 122 countries attended, and participants adopted a series of principles on the environment, including the Stockholm Declaration and Action Plan for the Human Environment. More information here.
5 June, World Environment Day The Government of the Sweden will host World Environment Day 2022 in partnership with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The year 2022 marks 50 years since the first United Nations Conference on the Human Environment – the 1972 Stockholm Conference that led to the creation of UNEP and designating 5 June every year as World Environment Day. More information here.
7-9 June, WorldBio 2022 In the wake of World Environment Day, the Post 2020 Biodiversity Framework – EU support launches the hybrid event WorldBio2022, hosted online and on-site in Brazil on 7-9 June 2022 by the Secretary for Infrastructure and Environment of the State Government of Sao Paulo (SIMA), in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), ICLEI, Regions4 and GIZ. More here.
8 June, World Ocean Day World Ocean Day supports collaborative conservation, working with its global network of youth and organizational leaders in over 140 countries, and providing free and customizable promotional and actionable resources. World Ocean Day is powered by the World Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council. More information here.
14-15 June, European Development Days 2022 The European Development Days (EDD) are back for their 15th edition on 14 and 15 June in Brussels and online. The hybrid event will focus on “Global Gateway: building sustainable partnerships for a connected world.” Over the years, the EDD community has become a strong, collaborative and inclusive network. Once more, let us join forces in building an outstanding and inspiring programme. More information here.
21-26 June, Fourth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework – Nairobi, Kenya
26 June, 2nd World Biodiversity Forum “Inspiration for Action” From June 26 to July 1, 2022 at Congress Center Davos, Switzerland & online, will be held the 2nd World Biodiversity Forum. Program is already online, and registration is open here.
26-28 June, G7 Summit – Germany The G7 Summit 2022 will take place from 26 to 28 June at Schloss Elmau in the Bavarian Alps – as did the last G7 Summit under the German Presidency in June 2015. It is also the seventh Summit to be held in Germany. More information here.
26-30 June, World Urban Forum – Poland The World Urban Forum (WUF) is the premier global conference on sustainable urbanization. WUF11 will be held in the Polish city of Katowice from 26-30 June 2022. More information here.
27 June – 1 July, UN Ocean Conference The forthcoming Ocean Conference, convened from 27 June to 1 July 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal and that the Governments of Kenya and Portugal shall retain co-hosting responsibilities. , co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, comes at a critical time as the world is strengthening its efforts to mobilize, create and drive solutions to realize the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. As one of the first milestones of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ newly launched Decade of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals, the Conference will propel much needed science-based innovative solutions aimed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action. More information here.
This is funded by the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of the Post 2020 Biodiversity Framework-EU Support project and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.