Newsletter #22 – World leaders pledge for more nature at COP15
BIODIVERSITY COMMITMENTS ANNOUNCED AT UNGA77
“We need to bring the same level of urgency to protecting biodiversity and nature as we do to tackling climate change."Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
The seventy-seventh session of the General Assembly (UNGA77) opened on 13 September under the theme, “A watershed moment: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges." On the 20th of September, the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People (HAC for N&P), the Global Ocean Alliance (GOA), the Leaders’ Pledge for Nature (LPN) organised a high-level event in the margins of the UNGA77 in New York, United States.
Government leaders from Bhutan, Canada, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, the European Union, France, Germany and partners presented a refreshed ambition for nature on ocean and land while showcasing key actions in support of a comprehensive approach to finance. World leaders outlined conservation commitments, including increase of funding to achieve a Nature Positive world by 2030. See ithere.
President of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen announced that the doubling of the Commission's funding to global biodiversity would result in €7 billion invested to protect biodiversity accross the globe. She also declared that the EU is preparing forest partnerships with five countries - Uganda, Zambia, Congo, Mongolia and Guyana. With the NaturAfrica initiative, the European Union (EU) supports partner countries in Africa to combine nature preservation with socio-economic development. Through theRegreening Africa project, the EU is supporting land restoration across one million hectares, reaching 500,000 households in Mali, Niger, Senegal, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Rwanda. More information here.
VOICES FOR TRANSFORMATIVE ACTIONS
The 77th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) must bring nature based solutions for a transformative Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) at COP15. It is crucial to address societal challenges, providing benefits for both human well-being and biodiversity. See the recommendations of Marco Lambertini, WWF International Director, below.
FOCUS ON COSTA RICA: ECOSYSTEMS RESTORATION
A week after UNGA, the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica and the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework-EU supportproject implemented by Expertise France, decided to join forces to ensure that at least 20 percent of Costa-Rican degraded freshwater, marine and terrestrial ecosystems are under restoration by 2030. The implementation parameters and actions within the scope of this collaboration will contribute to the reinforcement of the measures undertaken by Costa Rica, with a view to restoring 1 million hectares of degraded land over a 10-year period. Our project will take advantage of Costa Rica's potential with regard to the implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, by supporting the identification of priority sites for ecosystem restoration and the analysis of marine-coastal conservation gaps.
BUSINESS STEP UP TO PROTECT BIODIVERSITY
On September 6, Business for Nature hosted a webinar attended by 1,000 participants aiming at driving business momentum in the final sprint towards COP15. Business for Nature shared their upcoming COP15 Advocacy Campaign#MakeItMandatory for businesses and financial institutions to unite behind: all companies are invited to sign the COP15 business statement before 18 October. By doing so they will join hundreds of companies and financial institutions from across the globe who are calling on Heads of State to adopt mandatory requirements for businesses to assess and disclose their impacts and dependencies on nature by 2030. More information here.
SUBNATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS PROMOTING TRANSFORMATIVE ACTIONS
Last June, the WorldBio2022 event, hosted by the State of Sao Paulo, ICLEI, Regions4 and the Secretariat of the Convention, and facilitated by the Post 2020 Biodiversity Framework – EU support project, ACIA and GIZ, brought together over 400 participants from Subnational and Local Governements (SNLGs) and their organizations, national governments, private sectors, and civil society. It had a strong impact on the engagement of SNLGs. Discover here the achievements of Subnational and Local Governments (SNLGs) aligned with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) objectives.
Oliver Hillel, Programme Officer, Subnational and Local Governments promoting transformative actions to implement the GBF.
INNOPOLIS: SPOTLIGHT ON CONNECTED AFRICAN CITIES
On the 20 and 21st of September, nearly 150 exhibitors and 3,000 visitors gathered at the Innopolis Expo Paris 2022 to embrace a movement for better ecological policies and practices in Africa. Our projectteam leader, Hugo Riveira Mendoza, presented the project's contributions in mobilizing local and regional governments in the negotiations leading to the new GBF. He also introduced the new pilot case of positive spatial planning starting soon in Uganda with the Entebbe City Authority. More here.
Briefing paper from the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Unlocking Financial Markets for Nature-Positive Outcomes
This publication is the output of past months’ deliberation with the Working Group on Biodiversity Credits. The paper points out that biodiversity credits are part of a company’s nature-positive journey – an investment in nature’s recovery, rather than an offset for damages. Find the PDF version here.
Publicationfrom the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Using spatial intelligence for business action on nature and climate
Written jointly by the Forum’s Global Future Council on Nature-Based Solutions and the SPACES Coalition – a growing initiative guiding governments and business networks on how to utilise spatial intelligence to accelerate progress for nature and climate. Find the PDF version here.
Launch of the Trade and Biodiversity (TraBio) Statistical Tool
On the 23th September 2022, a webinar presented the work done by the UNCTAD BioTrade Initiative in collaboration with the UNCTAD Statistics Service and the new product produced together: the Trade and Biodiversity (TraBio) Statistical Tool. The tool has been developed in the context of UNCTAD’s Global BioTrade Programme “Linking trade, biodiversity and sustainable development”, funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). More here.
Pantone and Tealeaves Call Attention To Biodiversity Threat With New Fossil-Inspired Color
Pantone Color Institute, in partnership with premium tea brand Tealeaves, has announced a new Pantone color based on the world’s oldest found pigment meant to draw attention to biodiversity loss. The pigment results from microscopic fossils of chlorophyll produced by ancient species living in an ocean that no longer exists. Find the colors to get eyes on biodiversity here.
ICLEI and the Federal City of Bonn will host a virtual, global forum on climate change for urban leaders. It aims to empower urban decision-makers, as well as national government representatives, researchers, technical staff, business leaders, civil society decision-makers and community organizers to lead in the climate emergency. More information here.
5-7 October, OECD Forum
The OECD Forum on Green Finance and Investment is the annual flagship event of the OECD Centre on Green Finance and Investment. Now in its 9th year, the Forum gathers senior policy makers and key public and private actors for action-oriented discussions on green and sustainable finance issues. Read more here.
13-15 October, IUCN Leaders Forum The first edition of the IUCN Leaders Forum, organised by IUCN together with the Korean Ministry of Environment and Jeju Self-governing Province, will be held in Jeju, Republic of Korea. It will focus on ‘Building nature-positive economies and societies’. The event provides a platform for advancing nature-positive solutions by bringing together leaders and changemakers from across sectors around the world. More information here.
18-19 October, European Business & Nature Summit 2022 The European Business & Nature Summit 2022 will convene in Brussels on 18/19 October 2022. The summit is organised by the EU Business Biodiversity Platformin partnership with the Irish Business for Biodiversity Platform.The summit will host keynote speakers in high-level political round tables as well as thematic practical workshops to help businesses embark on their nature positive journey. Morehere
31 October, World Cities Day The event will take place on 31 October 2022 under the theme Act Local to Go Global. It aims to bring different stakeholders together to share their experiences and approaches to local action to create greener, more equitable and sustainable cities. Check the event concept note 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.