Today’s youth generation is the largest in history. In 2019, 1.2 billion people were aged between 15 and 24 and an estimated 1 billion of this age group reside in developing countries. 88% of the latter live in rural areas. In Africa, three-quarters of the population is below 35.
THE NEED FOR A BIODIVERSITY INFORMATION SYSTEM: DaRT Andreas Obrecht (Expert for Biodiversity and sustainability in Switzerland) provides key information about biodiversity informations systems, including the Data and Reporting Tool (DaRT).
"A coherent and comprehensive Biodiversity Information System should support countries in fulfilling their commitments and obligations for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use under a range of MEAs."
On 31 March 2021, under the patronage of Convention on Biological Diversity Post 2020 Working Group co-chairs, the Post 2020 Biodiversity Framework – EU support project will facilitate informal conversations to bring forward the topic of Resource Mobilization for Biodiversity and set the foundation of an ambitious Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework across an online webinar.
Ramping up action for nature: updates and the youth perspective
On February 4th, ICLEI held its monthly webinar to ramp up action for nature providing updates on recent events in the local and subnational government advocacy roadmap to CBD COP15 and announcement of forthcoming events, highlighting the youth perspective.
LOCAL & SUBNATIONAL GOVERNMENTS Acting for biodiversity beyond all scales
The Nature of Cities Festival (TNOC): Connecting local places and ideas on a global scale
The TNOC festival gathered over 1500 participants online from 22-26 February 2021 and featured numerous panelists across dedicated keynote speakers, plenary dialogues, seed sessions, field trips, micro-talks and art happenings, on top of an Ecological Urban Arts Exhibition.
This webinar reflected on the recently published Dasgupta Review, its implications for green recovery, protecting nature and sustainable economic development in cities and regions, and how this informs local and subnational action for biodiversity.
Delivering a Transformative Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
On 3 March 2021, Business for Nature and leading businesses held a webinar to share nine suggestions for strengthening the CBD’s Post-2020 GBF with policymakers. They recognized the need for transformative change, and leading companies have come together to share nine key suggestions to strengthen the Framework’s ambition.
Aligning high climate and biodiversity ambitions in 2021 and beyond
Hosted from 9 to 10 of February 2021, the webinar moderated by experts from the French Institute of Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) fostered an expert-negotiators dialogue and raised awareness on the importance of stronger synergies between action on climate change and for biodiversity in view of ongoing CBD COP15 and UNFCCC COP26 negotiations.
Twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice
The twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA24) has held in a virtual format from 17 to 19 and 24 to 26 of February 2021 in order to maintain momentum in the preparation for COP15. 1800 participants, 125 countries registered for those online sessions.
New PBL policy brief: Goals and Commitments for the Restoration Decade
This policy brief from PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency gives a global overview of countries’ restoration commitments under the three Rio Conventions (UNFCCC, CBD, UNCCD) and other pledges, with total restoration commitments covering close to 1 billion hectares.
A newly released EPE ("Entreprises pour l'Environnement") report seeks to describe the actual levers and modes of action that are successfully being used by business, and also to identify the conditions for their scale-up.
12-13-14 March, “Our Planet Action Training: Taking the #ForNature youth manifesto from words to actions”
The Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) and WWF will organize a capacity building training focusing on "Our Planet Action Training: Taking the #ForNature youth manifesto from words to actions". Register here
23 March, Stakeholder Open Webinar – Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Transition
On March 23rd, the CBD will hold a webinar on Agriculture Food system and its linkages to the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.
24 March, UNESCO Forum on Biodiversity “On the way to Kunming”
The UNESCO's Ambition for 2030: 100% responsible for our Earth. UNESCO will hold a Forum on Biodiversity to share its expertise and launch dialogue on the diversity of solutions that allow us to meet these challenges by drawing on the knowledge and practices of the millions of people inhabiting the planet’s ecosystems. Get informed
27 March, Earth Hour
This year - amidst the current global circumstances - Earth Hour initiative invites us to raise awareness and create the same unmissable sight online, so that the world sees our planet, the issues we face, and our place within it, in a new light.
1 April, Post 2020 Local and Subnational Government Information Webinar
5-16 April, IUCN Global Youth Summit
The virtual IUCN One Nature, One Future Global Youth Summit kicks off April 5th, 2021. The Summit will strengthen connections between young leaders and their existing global networks, encourage interdisciplinary learning, provide a space for broader storytelling on conservation, and add momentum to growing youth movements for nature and climate.
12-16 April, ICLEI World Congress 2021
ICLEI World Congress 2021 will be hosted by Malmö, Sweden on 12-16 April 2021 on a virtual format. Hundreds of local, regional and national governments, international agencies, representatives of the private sector, academics and researchers, community groups and other partners from around the world will come together virtually to steer the global sustainable development agenda by enhancing action taken in urban areas worldwide.
22 April, Earth Day
Earth Day works in countries around the world to drive meaningful action for our planet.
April, Global Goals for Nature and Climate Series – EarthX TV Programs (TBC)
The Global Goals for Nature and Climate Series will consist of two programs, which will explore dimensions of the Post-2020 Pavilion’s Call to Action for an Equitable, Carbon-Neutral, Nature-Positive World that was launched at the UN Biodiversity Summit in 2020. Get informed
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