10 months after the KMGBF adoption, the international biodiversity community met in Nairobi to discuss how to facilitate its implementation. The 25th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice – SBSTTA – included technical sessions and side events on a variety of topics, such as invasive alien species assessments, the multiple values of biodiversity, sustainable wildlife management or the IPCC report. Our project focused on showcasing stakeholder’s essential contributions and needs in terms of funding and capacity to contribute to KMGBF implementation.
Held in the margins of SBSTTA#25, the side-event, organized jointly by GYBN Africa, African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and Moroccan Ministry of Energy Transition & Sustainable Development focused on maintaining the African Youth Mobilization for a whole-of-society approach in line with the KMGBF Target 22.
Our Project organized a side-event to showcase our partners’ best practices of transformative implementation in terms of sustainable urban planning. This gathering was an opportunity to discuss the effective consideration of the Climate & Biodiversity Nexus for implementing the KMGBF targets. Moreover, panel discussions of specialists in urban policy development allowed participants to review COP 15 decisions related to urban areas and the contribution of SNLGs.
Within the context of the recently adopted KMGBF and the whole of society approach, the sizable reach and influence of religious and spiritual groups make them an important and natural constituency to engage in order to achieve a nature-positive world. Alongside SBSTTA#25, our Project co-organized a side-event with Faiths for Biodiversity Coalition, and took the opportunity to launch a dedicated publication describing how to engage with Faith-Based Organisations to implement the KMGBF.
During SBSTTA#25, our project also took part in the panel session, organised by European Biodiversity Partnership Biodiversa+ that focused on how regional and global initiatives can support the implementation of the KMGBF and complement each other across scales and develop their portfolio of activities in view of local capacity building needs and the urgency to implement the KMGBF during the coming years up to 2030.
From November 13th to 16th 2023, scientific and technical experts from Latin America and the Caribbean gathered in Chile for a face-to-face dialogue. Entitled "Biodiversity Mainstreaming and Innovative Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean", the event aimed to explore challenges and opportunities to mainstream biodiversity in sustainable development, agriculture and climate change.
In September, the second edition of the African Youth Biodiversity Summit (AYSB2023) took place in Morocco and aimed to strengthen the capacity of young African leaders on biodiversity matters.During the summit, youth representatives defined their ambition and expressed their capacity building needs to effectively contribute to the KMGBF implementation in a declaration that was presented at SBSTTA 25 and also presented proposals for innovative youth-led initiatives at the local level.
Today, almost 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas: a number expected to rise to 70%-80% by 2050. Sustainable cities involve a real political project, which must drive policies for urban development and provide access to infrastructure and services in health, education, transport and other sectors. Considering the high stakes of urban planning, Expertise France organized a Webinar on October 18 as part of its now-regular Rendez-Vous de l’Expertise.
SYNERGIES WITH MEAS From High Seas to Climate Change
Following on the historical KMGBF adoption in December last year, March 2023 has also marked a landmark moment as delegates at the United Nations finalized negotiations on a legally binding treaty text to conserve and sustainably use marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ). On October 6th and 7th, the two-day symposium at the University of Edinburgh critically evaluated the potential challenges and opportunities for the implementation of the BBNJ Agreement.
After 12 promising months that have seen the adoption of the KMGBF, the BBNJ agreement and the launch GBFF (Global Biodiversity Framework Fund), and the recent constructive discussions at SBSSTA25, the world is now looking towards the outcomes of UNFCCC COP28, taking place from November 30th to December 12th in UAE. Our project will organize and support series of events with our partners including Regions4, the European Committee of the Regions, and the Costa Rican National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC).
Religion & spirituality are deeply grounded in care for the nature. Faith-Based Organisations can play a positive role by promoting the protection and restoration of biodiversity, and fostering a sense of shared responsibility and collective action for the well-being of people and the planet. Discover our publication written in partnership with Faith for Biodiversity Coalition.
Want to learn more concrete examples of protection and management of marine-coastal seascapes? Read our publication, co-written with Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica, National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) and Forever Costa Rica Association to discover the lessons learned from a Costa Rican experience.
This year again UNDP, together with UNEP and the CBD, organized the Nature for Life Hub. This 4th edition, took place from November 7 to 9, 2023 and was, once again, an inspiring moment to showcase opportunities to accelerate action on the KMGBF and install nature as a core development priority.
Celebrated every 10 November, World Science Day for Peace and Development highlights the significant role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. In 2023, World Science Day focused on "Building Trust in Science." Trust in science is vital for developing evidence-based solutions to global challenges, including Bidodiversity preservation and reduction of its loss.
From November 9th to 10th, the SCBD held an International Dialogue with Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities and Relevant Stakeholders on the Implementation of the KMGBF and the Gender Plan of Action.
The Paris Peace Forum is an annual international event focusing on reviving and improving global governance. This 6th edition featured issues of "Protecting the Planet and the People" and "Addressing Inequalities and Accelerating SDGs" as priority topics, which reflected the undeniable connection between peace and nature preservation.
Watch our videos to better understand the GBF Targets, discover who needs to be involved and learn more about possible action drivers.
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