Newsletter #21 – OEWG4 in Nairobi: 5 months to go before COP15
OEWG4: LAST MILE FOR NEGOTIATIONS BEFORE COP15
From 20-26 June in Nairobi 2022, the CBD hosted the 4th Open Ended Working Group (OEWG4) on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF). 1000 negotiators from 195 States plus the EU gathered in Nairobi to advance negotiations on the GBF’s text. Final adoption is now expected for December in Montreal, Canada at the UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD COP15). The countdown has started: only 5 months remaining in order to finalize a transformative GBF!
Expectations were high for delegates to finalize the objectives and targets of the final transformative GBF draft to be adopted at COP15. The 6 days sessions in Nairobi covered the framework text, including its 4 goals, 23 proposed targets, and other elements. Despite the achievements, additions and deletions; the text failed to achieve as much as was expected: 21 targets are still in square brackets. More informaton here.
VOICES FOR TRANSFORMATIVE ACTIONS
Is the GBF transformative enough to halt and reverse biodiversity loss? Watch the answers of Brian O'Donnell (Campaign For Nature), Simangele Msweli (African Wildfire Foundation), Marina Von Weissenberg (Finish Ministry of the Environment), Amelia Arreguin Prado (CBD Woman Caucus) and Marco Lambertini (WWF).
Scientists are supporting process with technical and substantive inputs on sustainable use, sustainable trade, private sector engagement and incentive measures.
According to them, what would transformative change entail to save biodiversity?
See the recommendations of Paul Leadley, Professor, Paris-Saclay Universityhere.
WORLDBIO2022: SUBNATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS JOIN FORCES TO SAVE BIODIVERSITY
7-9 June, WorldBio 2022, SãoPaulo, Brazil The event attended by 400 participants, offered an opportunity to accelerate transformative actions led at the territorial and urban levels by subnational and local governments (SLNGs), their networks and partners for the global biodiversity framework (GBF) implementation. The event sent a strong signal that the “whole of government” approach proposed in this year’s High-Level Political Forum of the Economic and Social Council of the UN’s General Assembly, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Decade for Restoration, is also critical for the GBF implementation. Read more here.
7-9 de Juno, WorldBio 2022, São Paulo, Brasil O evento, que contou com a presença de 400 participantes, ofereceu uma oportunidade para acelerar ações transformadoras lideradas em nível territorial e urbano por governos subnacionais e locais (SLNGs), suas redes e parceiros para a implementação da Marco Global de Biodiversidade (GBF). O evento enviou um forte sinal de que a abordagem “governança integral” proposta no Fórum Político de Alto Nível deste ano do Conselho Econômico e Social da Assembléia Geral da ONU, as Metas de Desenvolvimento Sustentável e a Década para a Restauração, também é crítica para a implementação do GBF. Confira mais aqui.
ADDRESSING GLOBAL CHALLENGES THROUGH MULTILARISM
2-3 June 2022, Stockholm+50, Stockholm, Sweden
The event provided leaders with an opportunity to draw on 50 years of multilateral environmental action to achieve the bold and urgent action needed to secure a better future on a healthy planet. By recognizing the importance of multilateralism in tackling the Earth’s triple planetary crisis – climate, nature, and pollution – the event acted as a springboard to accelerate the implementation of the UN Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals. Read more here.
27 June- 1 July 2022, Ocean Conference, Lisbon, Portugal The Ocean Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, came at a critical time as the world is seeking to address the many of the deep-rooted problems of our societies laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic and which will require major structural transformations and common shared solutions that are anchored in the SDGs. To mobilize action, the Conference aimed to propel much needed science-based innovative solutions aimed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action. Read more here.
UNITED FOR NATURE RESTORATION AND YOUTH MOBILIZATION
Pioneering EU proposals to restore and bring back nature to our lives The proposal for a Nature Restoration Law is the first ever; it’s a key step in avoiding ecosystem collapse and preventing the worst impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss. It aims to restore EU wetlands, rivers, forests, grasslands, marine ecosystems, urban environments and the species. Read more here.
Green Track campaign : thousands of young Europeans mobilized ahead of COP15 #TheGreenTrack campaign, launched by the European Commission in collaboration with the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) and Biodiversity Action Europe (BAE) has enabled young people across Europe to spread their hopes and concerns about nature, biodiversity and Europe’s sustainable future. Over the past several months, the Green Track mobilised thousands of young Europeans, ahead of CBD COP 15. More information here.
In the wake of the fifteenth session of COP15 United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Côte d’Ivoire launched anew global cooperation framework, called the Abidjan Legacy Programme. It aims to restore forests and land, boost food production, create jobs for young people and lift rural women out of poverty. The programme will deploy technologies such as tree-planting drones, drought-resistant plant varieties, and modern irrigation techniques for five years between 2022 and 2027. More here.
NewIPBES Sustainable Use Assessment The IPBES Assessment Report on the Sustainable Use of Wild Species is the result of four years of work by 85 leading experts from the natural and social sciences, and holders of indigenous and local knowledge, as well as 200 contributing authors, drawing on more than 6,200 sources. The summary of the Report was approved this week by representatives of the 139 member States of IPBES in Bonn, Germany. Find the summary report here.
New assessment report on the diverse values and valuation of Nature. Approved on the 9th of June, by representatives of the 139 member States of the IPBES, the Assessment Report on the Diverse Values and Valuation of Nature finds that there is a dominant global focus on short-term profits and economic growth, often excluding the consideration of multiple values of nature in policy decisions. Find the summary report here.
Book on transforming biodiversity governance
Transforming Biodiversity Governance is a source for academics, policy makers and practitioners working in biodiversity and sustainability governance.This book argues that transformative biodiversity governance means prioritizing ecocentric, compassionate and just sustainable development. This involves implementing five governance approaches – integrative, inclusive, adaptive, transdisciplinary and anticipatory governance. Find the PDF version here.
18-23 July 2022, APAC, Kigali, Rwanda
The IUCN African Protected Areas Congress (APAC) is the first ever continent-wide gathering of African leaders, citizens and interest groups to discuss the role of protected areas in conserving nature, safeguarding Africa's wildlife, providing vital ecosystem services, promoting sustainable development while preserving Africa's cultural heritage and traditions. This event will take place in Kigali from 18th to 23th July 2022. Click here to read the Agenda.
31 July- 3 August, World Cities Summit (WCS), Singapore, Malaysia WCS is a global platform for government and city leaders, academics, and industry experts to share innovative solutions and forge new partnerships to make cities more liveable, sustainable and resilient against current and future disruptions. More information here.
9 August, International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples There are over 476 million indigenous peoples living in 90 countries across the world, accounting for 6.2 per cent of the global population. Indigenous peoples are the holders of a vast diversity of unique cultures, traditions, languages and knowledge systems. They have a special relationship with their lands and hold diverse concepts of development based on their own worldviews and priorities. More information here.
22 August, 6th European Congress of Conservation Biology “Biodiversity crisis in a changing world”, Prague, The Czech Republic The Society for Conservation Biology – Europe Section will organise the 6th European Congress of Conservation Biology (ECCB) in the Czech University of Life Sciences. The theme of the meeting is “Biodiversity crisis in a changing world”. ECCB expect practitioners, consultants, policymakers, conservation and social scientists and students will discuss the state of the art of conservation science and future challenges. More information here.
28 August, INTECOL 2022 «Frontiers in Ecology: Science & Society» Practitioners, consultants, politicians, conservation and social scientists and students will discuss and design new guidelines, tools and strategies in order to meet new challenges of the biodiversity loss. The congress will take place in the campus of Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CZU). More information here.
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