Timeline.

18 November 2018, CBD COP 14, Side Event, Post-2020 agenda – Sharm El Sheik

On the occasion of the CO14 in Egypt, we organized a side-event that officially launched “Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework -EU support”!

28 January 2019, CBD Regional Workshop Nagoya, Regional consultation on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework for Asia and the Pacific

During this workshop, participants shared ideas on the possible scope and content of different elements of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

15 February 2019, Les rendez-vous de l’Expertise Paris, Experts meeting at UNESCO

Expertise France, UNESCO, the European Union and Entreprises pour l’Environnement, co-organized a « Rendez-vous de l’Expertise », « Kunming 2020 : towards a new global deal between man and nature? »

5-6 April 2019, CBD Regional workshop Addis-Abeba, Workshop on Natural capital accounting

This was an opportunity to inform and exchange on the latest advances and opportunities on Natural Capital Accounting in Africa in the context of the process towards a post-2020 framework for biodiversity.

13-14 May 2019, EU-China Dialogue Beijing, A fruitful bilateral discussion for the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework

On the 13th and 14th of May 2019, a key workshop took place in the preparation of the post-2020 strategic global biodiversity framework. It gathered representatives from EU and China for a fruitful bilateral dialogue on several key topics.

14-17 May 2019, CBD Regional Workshop Montevideo, Regional consultation on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework for Grulac

Participants discussed the opportunities and challenges for the post-2020 global framework resulting from the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 in the region.

16-17 May 2019, EU-Japan Dialogue Tokyo, Defining and Achieving a Post-2020 ambition

This dialogue co-organized by the European Commission and the Ministry of the Environment in Japan enabled to share perspectives on these issues, including perspectives from negotiators, business, NGOs representatives, and experts from the United Nations University.

4-7 June 2019, The Nature of Cities Summit – TNOC Paris

The project team participated in the first international summit The Nature of Cities (TNOC) to mobilize cities, metropolitan areas and subnational governments to instil a global dynamism that will support the signature of an ambitious agreement at the COP 15.

2-9 July 2019, 9th Trondheim Conference Trondheim, A common understanding for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework

The 2019 Trondheim Conference addressed the challenges of achieving the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity, explored pathways for the transformational changes needed, and contributed to the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

17-19 July 2019, The Nature of Cities – TNOC Medellín

Building on the recommendations of the roadmap signed in Paris last June, this was an opportunity to further consolidate and develop the recommendations that were adopted and integrate the metropolis participating to the summit as signatories.

15-20 August 2019, CITES Cop18 Geneva, Workshop CITES & CBD synergies for Post-2020

The 18th edition of CITES conference debates involved what concrete elements can CITES bring to the Post2020 biodiversity framework and how it can best reinforce the CITES Strategic Vision 2021-2030.

19-20 August 2019, Uganda National Workshop Kampala, Access and benefit Sharing, Natural Capital Accounting and Digital Sequence Information

Participants engaged in a first discussion on national plans in view of COP15 and presented three technical issues: access and benefit sharing (ABS) and digital sequence information (DSI) as well as natural capital accounting.

27-30 August 2019, Open-Ended Working Group – 1st session Nairobi, Experts meeting on Intergenerational Equity

Prior to the first OEWG session, our project facilitated an expert meeting in cooperation with the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) on intergenerational equity and its transposition in the CBD context.

10-11 September 2019, 2nd Global Biodiversity Communications Forum Woking

11-19 September 2019, MAB Youth Forum Changbaishan, Youth come together in China to share their commitment for biodiversity

176 young people from 83 countries gathered in the Changbaishan Biosphere Reserve in China for the opening of the 2nd MAB Youth Forum. UNESCO has brought them together to empower them and work together under the theme ‘Committed to Biodiversity’ towards the COP15.

13 September 2019, Biotrade Conference Geneva, Linking Trade and Biodiversity – Session on Post-2020

23 September 2019, Climate Action Summit New York, Working with Youth on Climate and Biodiversity

The goal of the UN Climate Action Summit was to ensure countries are aware of the 2020 calendar, that the global focus on climate gains momentum, and to monitor countries transitional investments from fossil fuels to renewables.

24-26 September 2019, CEPAL Santiago, First meeting of experts from Latin American biodiversity knowledge institutions

ECLAC and IDDRI organized a 3-days meeting of experts from Latin American biodiversity knowledge institutions or think tanks to take stock of ongoing mobilisation in the region, and organize future collective work.

8-9 October 2019, EU-partner country dialogue – Brussels

35 participants engaged in this Finland EU-Presidency workshop held in Brussels. It brought together officials from EU Member States and non-Member States. The general objective of this combined event was to generate horizontal exchanges between CBD COP 15 negotiators in the run-up to the COP 15.

9-10 October 2019, Study visit – Lille

The city of Lille (France) welcomed National Focal Point of CBD as part of a “Nature en Ville” study visit. The delegates were able to apprehend local biodiversity policy initiatives such as urban farms, shared garden or a climate change-adapted district. Walking around the city, delegates discovered various innovations to support sustainable development solutions in the cities.

14-17 October 2019, Lima Conference event on protected Areas and Conservation Methods Lima, Contributions to the sustainable use of biodiversity in the post-2020 framework

The side event "Protected Areas and Other Effective Area-based Conservation Methods: contributions to the sustainable use of biodiversity in the post-2020 Framework" took place at the Pabellón UE RedParques during the III Latin American and Caribbean Congress of Protected Areas in Lima, Peru, on 17 October 2019.

28-30 October 2019, Sustainable Production and Consumption – Rabat

On October 28th and 29th, Post2020 Biodiversity Framework – EU Support, Future Earth and IRD co-organized a workshop in Rabat, Morocco on sustainable production & consumption. Through brainstorming sessions and debates, the participants worked on co-building an action agenda to use science and sustainability to better reach Sustainable Development Goals.

31 October 2019, EU-China Dialogue

The EU – China Environment Project organized an EU-China dialogue to exchange views on topical aspects of the Post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The event aimed at finding common ground on important issues related to the negotiations for a new Post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

4-5 November 2019, Pre-Workshop on Ecosystem restoration Rio de Janeiro, Pre-workshop CBD consultation on Restoration

We organized a pre-workshop at the occasion of CBD workshop on ecosystem restoration targets in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, which provided a much-needed opportunity for CBD Parties and international partners working on restoration to discuss the role of ecosystem restoration and created a common understanding about the issue.

5-8 November, “Youth Leadership Dialogue” for the Planet at UNESCO HQ – Paris

Post2020 Biodiversity Framework – EU Support organized a one-week preparatory workshop at UNESCO HQ in the perspective of the Paris Peace Forum held right after. The objective was to facilitate coordination between youth leaders from different sectors of society. News available soon!

11-13 November 2019, Paris Peace Forum Paris, “Biodiversity Needs Youth!”

The Paris Peace Forum was the opportunity to launch our campaign promoting Youth as the new major player when it comes to global negotiations toward COP15. The Project partnered with GYBN to voice youth environmental preoccupations for the future, and significantly increased campaign's visibility. News available soon...

SBSTTA23 #1 – An apex goal for the Post 2020 biodiversity framework

The event, organized during Montreal SBSTTA on November 26th, explored the relevance of setting a unique apex target for the post-2020 biodiversity framework, or a small number of overarching targets, with a view of translating the post 2020 biodiversity framework into action.

SBSTTA23 #2 – Local and subnational governments taking action using nature-based solutions to address biodiversity and climate challenges

Through this side event organized during Montreal SBSTTA23 on November 26th, the project deepened its cooperation with ICLEI on the topics related to Cities and Local Authorities and their action on biodiversity and to further implement this cooperation.

SBSTTA23 #3 – Latin American & Caribbean perspectives on the post 2020 global biodiversity framework

This side-event held in Montreal during SBSTTA on November 28th presented the first reflections, products and the next steps of a collective work undertaken by high-level biodiversity LAC experts from biodiversity knowledge and management institutions, governments (including negotiators), academia and from organizations with a regional or global perspective, met at ECLAC headquarters (Santiago, Chile), to share their concrete experiences for the strengthening of science and policy interactions and the development of a regional vision for the post-2020 framework.

SBSTTA23 #4 – Roadmap for Youth Engagement to support the Post 2020 Biodiversity Framework

The side-event organized on November 27th during SBSTTA in Montreal was the occasion to showcase the work and significance of youth in bringing about a strong post-2020 biodiversity framework. It focused on a series of exchanges and presentations in which stakeholder discussed several topics, including: building a large youth movement ahead of COP15 and beyond the biodiversity silo; integrating the concept of intergenerational equity in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework; a youth agenda and roadmap towards COP15, as well as the reasons why young people should be taken more into account in the CBD decision-making process.

SBSTTA23 #5 – From science-policy’s messages for transformational change to post 2020 political decisions and actions

This side-event held during SBSTTA on November 29th raised awareness on science-policy platform messages to participating decision makers including CBD national focal points. It provided grounds for a more effective communication and integration of science messages into policy making for transformational change.

5 December 2019, COP25 UNFCCC Madrid, Reviewing progress in the implementation of the Convention

During UNFCCC COP25 held in Madrid, the Project held a side-event on December 5th that raised awareness on the importance of addressing together climate change and biodiversity loss as inseparable threats to humankind. The output of the side-event discussions was on the agenda of the high-level event on ‘scaling up climate action through circular economy and nature-based solutions’ planned on December 10th at COP25.

21-24 January, World Economic Forum Annual Meeting – Davos

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos is the foremost creative force for engaging the world's top leaders in collaborative activities to shape the global, regional and industry agendas at the beginning of each year. In this regard, the Forum's mission – improving the state of the world – guides the design and development of the Annual Meeting objectives. Catch up on roundtables and speeches on WEF replay platform.

29-30 January, Voluntary national commitments workshop – Mexico City

This workshop, organized by CONABIO, SEMARNAT and Mexican Secretariat for Foreign Affairs, raised awareness among government officials and key stakeholders about national and international biodiversity processes, and initiate consultations about the zero draft of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework provided by the Co-Chairs of the Open-Ended Working Group.

31 January, EU-African Group Dialogue – eSwatini

A group of almost 30 African negotiators of the CBD met in the kingdom of eSwatini. The European Commission has proposed to organize a meeting to strengthen the dialogue between African countries and EU Member States before the meeting of the OEWG 2.

5-6 February, Colombia National Consultation Workshop – Bogotá

Multiple stakeholders attended the workshop including civil society private sector, government representatives, all aiming at drawing a common roadmap for the identification of a Colombian agenda Post-2020.

4-6 February, Local Brazilian Perspectives on the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework – São Paulo

The workshop, co-organized with ICLEI, followed up on 2019 events that paved the way towards the further mobilization of cities and local actors.

5-7 February, African Youth Biodiversity Forum – Vhembe Reserve

The objective of this Forum, organized alongside the Global Youth Biodiversity Network and UNESCO was to support the development of a cross-constituency African youth network engaged in biodiversity and to build upon the achievements of the Youth Leadership Dialogue (Paris, November 2019). The event was planned as a back-to-back forum to the African Union Summit, which was held on February 9 and 10 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

11-13 February, Uganda national workshop on Zero Draft – Entebbe

This second national workshop focused on sharing ideas on the zero draft of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework prepared by the co-chairs, in order to start some debate on Uganda position on the matter.

15-22 February, Convention of the Conservation on Migratory Species of Wild Animals – Gandhinagar

The thirteenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals addressed a broad range of issues related to the objectives of the convention. The meeting provided an opportunity to consider how the post-2020 global biodiversity framework and the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Migratory Species 2015-2023 can be mutually supportive.

20 – 22 February, Thematic Consultation on Transparent Implementation, Monitoring, Reporting and Review for Post-2020 – Rome

Before the opening of the OEWG2, the Conference of the Parties has decided to explore the development of enhanced review mechanisms for the Convention to strengthen implementation under the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

24-28 February, Second meeting of the Open-ended Working Group – Rome

The second meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework convened to advance preparations for the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

26 March, Post 2020 Local and Subnational Government Information Webinar #10

Held on March 26th, this webinar was organized by ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center with the support of the Post 20202 Biodiversity Framework.EU support project. It was part of the Post 2020 Local and Subnational Government Information Webinars series held monthly to keep the local and subnational government constituency, networks, and partners up-to-date on key milestones and the participatory preparation process of the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) on the roadmap to COP 15.

31 March, African Natural Capital forum – Entebbe

Postponed or cancelled.

Thematic Workshop for Subnational and Regional Governments – Edinburgh

A workshop webinar for subnational and regional and local governments was organized by the Scottish government. This workshop brought together a globally balanced representation of subnational, Regional and Local Governments from across the world to undertake knowledge exchange and sharing of information to meet the aims and ambitions of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, as well as to provide constructive outcomes for the Co-Chairs of the Open-Ended Working Group.

16 April, Post 2020 Local and Subnational Government Information Webinar #11

The webinar, held on April 16th 2020, brought reflections on the Plan of Action on Subnational Governments, Cities and Other Local Authorities for Biodiversity (2011-2020), recommendations for a renewed Plan of Action, and an overview of the Edinburgh Process and Declaration. It echoed a Call for a Renewed and Stepped-Up Plan of Action on Subnational Governments, Cities and Other Local Authorities for Biodiversity at COP 15.

Costa Rica national consultation workshop on Post-2020

Postponed.

21-24 April, Workshop regional on mainstreaming in sectors and commitments from business – Yaoundé

Postponed.

14 May, Post 2020 Local and Subnational Government Information Webinar – Biodiversity, food and nutrition for Health

On May 14th, 2020, the webinar addressed the links between disease outbreaks frequency linked to biodiversity loss and climate change as an urgent reminder of the need to adopt integrated approaches such as the One Health one.

Biodiversity Week: 18-22 May 2020

The slogan “Our solutions are in nature” emphasises hope, solidarity and the importance of working together at all levels to build a future of life in harmony with nature. 2020 is the year when, more than ever, the world can signal a strong will for a global framework that will “bend the curve” on biodiversity loss for the benefit of humans and all life on Earth. Check our website and social media to take a look back at our activities and our partners' throughout this 2020 Biodiversity Week that built up to International Biodiversity Day on May 22nd.

18 May, International Day for Biological Diversity – UNESCO

UNESCO held a webinar on the 22nd of May, during the International Biodiversity Day, and set up online dialogues and conversations between experts, UNESCO networks, in particular their sites and youth networks, private sector partners and artists. The aim was to share scientific assessment of the unprecedented health crisis we are going through, but also to come together in this period of great uncertainty around common values, to share the resources on which we can rely upon to be collectively resilient and to make the necessary changes.

19 May, Youth networks mobilized during Biodiversity Week 2020

Through this week of action, the Biodiversity Week has created awareness about the building blocks of nature and ecosystems, has driven initiatives big and small, and has given youth across the globe a collaborative platform, and demanded bold action for people and nature. Youth networks intended to lead the way.

20 May, EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030: Bringing back nature into our lives

The European Commission adopted a comprehensive new Biodiversity Strategy to bring nature back into our lives and a Farm to Fork Strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally friendly food system. The two strategies are mutually reinforcing, bringing together nature, farmers, business and consumers for jointly working towards a competitively sustainable future.

22 May, Costa Rica in the spotlight for the International Biodiversity Day

For the International Biodiversity Day, the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica (MINAE) and the "Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework-EU support project" has launched a stream of activities entitled “Path towards mainstreaming biodiversity in Costa Rica national policy”. The activities foreseen under various innovating formats in the respect of gender, equity and equality principles aimed at strengthening the country’s ability to contribute to a more ambitious post-2020 biodiversity framework during CBD COP15.

2 June, Finance Watch – Embedding environmental goals at the heart of financial decision-making

On June 2nd, Finance Watch and the Club of Rome hosted an online conference on the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy 2030, Green Deal & Recovery Plan. Several high-level policymakers and expert speakers participated to this online conference, following the publication by Finance Watch of its new report, Nature’s Return.

4 June, ICLEI Information Webinar Series

June 4th webinar reflected on the journey since 2010 and provided an overview of achievements linked to the Plan of Action on Subnational Governments, Cities and Other Local Authorities for Biodiversity.    

5 June, World Environment Day, Colombia

World Environment Day host country Colombia has put together a wide-ranging series of events featuring experts on biodiversity issues from across the globe. Replay of the events available here.

5 June, Possible Dialogues Program 2020 – Brazil

On the World Environment Day, this webinar will launch the Possible Dialogue program. This initiative is led by the Instituto Espinhaço, which actively took part to the Post 2020 Biodiversity Framework – EU support project activities in Brazil.

ON OUR RADAR: 15 June, Building business resilience

Hosted by Paul Polman, Co-founder of IMAGINE, and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and news anchor Tian Wei, this event brought together inspiring business and world leaders and explored how making nature part of your decision-making is critical to becoming a future-fit business. Sign up their call to action for businesses around the world here before July 31st!

16 June, Euroclima+ webinar – Traditional Food

On June 19, Resilient Food Production sector of Euroclima+ programme, implemented by Expertise France, held a webinar on Traditional Food production from indigenous communities in Latin America. Our Deputy Team Leader Hugo Rivera Mendoza was among the panelists.

17 June, World Conservation Congress Post-2020 Pavilion: Addressing Biodiversity Drivers of Loss in the Post-2020 global biodiversity framework

This session explored how to raise ambition in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, specifically as regards drivers of loss. Speakers addressed key drivers such as food systems, agriculture, supply chain, conflict and unsustainable production consumption.

25 June – 10 July, Costa Rica National Workshop: “Defining Costa Rica ambitions”

On June 25th, Costa Rica launched the first national workshop of Costa Rica + Natura cycle of activity with high-level representatives from all national biodiversity instutions. It was followed by four participative break-out groups sessions running until July 3rd. Results will be presented over an online plenary session on July 10th.

30 June, World Conservation Congress Post-2020 Pavilion: Political Opportunities and Challenges for Securing High Ambition in the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

This session addressed the political dynamics underpinning the Post- 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) negotiations. These dynamics pertain to the push for a stronger GBF that is sufficiently ambitious, science- based, rigorously implemented and duly synergized with other global processes.

23-26 June, EU Dialogue on transformative change – Brussels

This participatory dialogue will bring together scientists, policy-makers and CBD delegates, to exchange views on the concept of transformative change, its implication for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, and to devise policy priorities.

7 July, World Conservation Congress Post-2020 Pavilion: Transforming the Financial System to Eliminate Nature Loss

The Post-2020 Pavilion will be convened during the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille, France from 07-15 January 2021. On July 7th, the Post-2020 Pavilion hosted a public virtual event on "Transforming the Financial System to Eliminate Nature Loss". The objective of this session was to identify the new tools on nature disclosure that could help to achieve a systemic change in finance for nature under the Post-2020 Framework.

8 July, World Conservation Congress Post-2020 Pavilion, Mainstreaming impacts and dependencies in the Post-2020 global biodiversity framework

The objective of this session was to showcase how the business and finance sectors are committed to transform the way decisions are made by including the value provided by nature, people and society. The session provided evidence of the evolving recognition and acceptance of companies and financial institutions to mainstream nature into the way they do business.

9 July, World Conservation Congress Post-2020 Pavilion, Driving transformative change for high ambition in the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

This session explored the transformative change needed to position a new relationship with nature, recognizing its value as the basis for human well-being, justice and equity as well as peace and security.

10 July, World Conservation Congress Post-2020 Pavilion: Synergies between the Post-2020 GBF and other key global processes

The objective of this session was to deepen understanding about the opportunities and challenges for enhancing the coordination, cooperation and synergies between key global processes to deliver the objectives of the Post-2020 framework at both the global and national level.

15 July, World Conservation Congress Post-2020 Pavilion: Global Goal for Nature: Nature Positive by 2030

This session was convened by WWF International and partners. It addressed the importance of an ambitious, science-based global goal for nature to ensure that the world halts and reverses nature loss for the benefit of people and nature.

16 July, World Conservation Congress Post-2020 Pavilion: The Role of Protected and Conserved Areas in Achieving Global Conservation Goals

The Post-2020 Pavilion will be convened during the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille, France from 07-15 January 2021. On July 16th, an open webinar was organized on the role of protected and conserved areas in achieving global conservation goals. This topic is a major issue for the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework concerns area-based conservation, and what will replace Aichi Target 11 and raise global ambition.

17 July, World Conservation Congress Post-2020 Pavilion: Intergenerational Equity and the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

This Post-2020 Pavilion Virtual Biodiversity Dialogue Series session was hosted by the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN). It highlighted the youth perspective on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework with a particular focus on the importance of intergenerational equity.

23 July, ICLEI Information Webinar Series

The webinar took place on July 23rd and focused on the Edinburgh Process and the strength of global partnerships for local and subnational action on nature.

ON OUR RADAR: 27-31 July, IPBES workshop on biodiversity and pandemics

Considering the extraordinary situation caused by the novel Coronavirus and given the role that IPBES can play in strengthening the knowledge base on biodiversity links of current and future pandemics such as COVID-19 and in reaching a wide public, the IPBES Bureau and Multidisciplinary Expert Panel, after recent discussions, decided that IPBES will organize a virtual Platform workshop on the link between biodiversity and pandemics, from 27-31 July 2020.

30 July, World Conservation Congress Post-2020 Pavilion: Preparing for the UNGA Biodiversity Summit

The objective of this session was to synthesize the key conclusions from all of the Virtual Biodiversity Dialogues and to distill the most powerful joined-up messages to be transmitted to the UNGA Biodiversity Summit and then onwards to SBSTTA-24, SBI-3 and OEWG-3 negotiation sessions planned for the fall of 2020.

ON OUR RADAR: 30 July, UNESCO MAB Webinar Series: Youth Advocacy

This session has been developed and was hosted by members of MAB Youth Networks and the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN). Through discussion and interactive exercises this webinar discussed the role of youth in bridging the present and future of biosphere reserves, the involvement of youth in biosphere reserve activities and how to improve the dialogue between youth and MAB decision makers.

27-31 July, Open-Ended Working Group 3, Cali

Postponed.

20 August, ICLEI Information Webinar Series

The webinar will take place on August 20th and will focus on a green recovery and lessons learned from nature in the context of the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. Register to ICLEI webinar that will be held at 10am CAT and 3pm at CAT.

15 September, Launch of Global Biodiversity Outlook 5

This launch will precede the local biodiversity outlook 2 on the 16th.

23 September, Outcomes of the Edinburgh Process: Discussing how to achieve greater integration of subnational governments

The webinar held on September 23rd set out to Parties to the Convention the outcomes of the Edinburgh Process, and discussed how to achieve greater integration of subnational governments, cities and local authorities in implementing the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

24 September, The Nature 4 Life Hub : putting nature at the heart of development and green recovery ahead of UN General Assembly’s Biodiversity Summit

To coincide with the 75th UN General Assembly, and leading up to the UN Biodiversity Summit, UNDP, UNEP, CBD and partners are creating a four-day Nature for Life Hub — a virtual space where global and local leaders will share stories on the importance of nature for sustainable development.

24 September, Nature For Life Hub Day 1 – Sustainable Development Goals

25 September, Nature For Life hub Day 2 – Business & Finance Day

On September 25th, the second day of the Nature For Life Hub called upon the financial and business sector to disrupt business-as-usual finance practices by placing nature at the center of decision-making. The sessions charted the way forward towards transforming the economy for a better future.

28 September, Nature For Life Hub Day 3 – Global Ambition Day

28 September, Leaders’ Pledge for Nature

66 countries have come together on 28 September 2020, ahead of the Summit to send a united signal to step up global ambition for biodiversity and to commit to matching our collective ambition for nature, climate and people with the scale of the crisis at hand.

30 September, UN BIODIVERSITY SUMMIT

Heads of States and governments together with international stakeholders gathering to take action on biodiversity for sustainable development.

29 September, Nature For Life Hub Day 4 – Local Action Day

Local action is essential on nature if we are to tackle our planetary emergency; we need an all-of-society approach. We are already seeing action by youth, Indigenous peoples and local communities in every country. This set of sessions shined a spotlight on these efforts, showcasing success stories, highlighting challenges and obstacles, and showing pathways to scaling up local action to have global impacts.

30 September, The United Nations Biodiversity Summit at the 75th session of UN General Assembly

On 30 September 2020, the General Assembly will convene the United Nations Summit on Biodiversity under the theme “Urgent action on biodiversity for sustainable development.” In the lead up to the negotiations for the post-2020 framework for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Kunming, China, in spring 2021, the Member States, UN system and partners have an opportunity to boost momentum towards the 15th Conference of Parties (CoP15) CBD in 2021. After the Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 confirmed that none of the Aichi targets will be met, accelerating biodiversity loss jeopardizes progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and human wellbeing.

20-22 October, EU Green Week – a new beginning for people and nature

The European Union Green Week 2020 took place between 19-22 October 2020, under the theme of nature and biodiversity. The Green Week highlighted biodiversity's many contributions to society and the economy, and the role it can play in supporting and stimulating recovery in a post-pandemic world, bringing jobs and sustainable growth. The Green Week gathered representatives from States, international organizations, civil society and a private sector, and presented an ambitious strategy for nature, showing that transformative change is possible in the post-2020 global biodiveristy framework and beyond. EU Green Week programme.

7-28 October, Daring Cities, the global Virtual Forum for Urban Leaders

Created by ICLEI and the Federal City of Bonn, Daring Cities is a virtual, action-oriented forum to recognize and empower courageous urban leaders – including mayors and other decision-makers, technical staff, researchers, private sector representatives, and community organizers – to disrupt business-as-usual and shift towards business-as-possible. Daring Cities showcases and catalyzes exemplary local climate action to tackle the climate emergency, including ambitious resilience-building and climate mitigation efforts.

GYBN online consultation

The Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) has launched a survey that will bring together youth voices for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework!

As the youth constituency to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), GYBN has been leading a Youth Engagement Roadmap for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. Take the survey here.

31 October, World Cities Day

World Cities Day 2020 is the seventh global celebration since the day was launched on 31 October 2014 in Shanghai, China. Under overarching theme of Better City, Better Life, the aim of the day is to focus the international community’s attention on urbanisation as a central issue for development and to encourage cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing urban challenges towards sustainable development.

6-15 November, 2nd Youth Capacity Building Training for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

From November 6th to 15th, the Global Youth Biodiversity Network organizes online capacity building training sessions as a key component of Youth engagement Roadmap for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

5 November, ICLEI Information Webinar Series

Reflecting on the outcome of Daring Cities: "Update on recent and forthcoming events" Register to ICLEI webinar that will be held at 10am CAT and 3pm CAT.

9-12 November, the Finance in Common Summit – Building Resilience for People and Planet

Taking place 9-12 November 2020, the Finance in Common Summit will stress the crucial role of Public Development Banks (PDBs) in reconciling short-term countercyclical responses with sustainable recovery measures that will have a long-term impact on the planet and societies.

23 November – 4 December, Costa Rica + Natura private sector and civil society consultation processes

Consulting the private sector and civil society on the post 2020 biodiversity framework, financial incentives for biodiversity conservation, contributions from non-governmental organizations, the academic sector and indigenous people and local communities.

2 December, State of the Planet address from UN Secretary General

Watch it here.

8-9 December, EU Business Nature Summit

The European Business & Nature Summit was held on 8-9 December 2020 for two days of stimulating discussion and knowledge exchange on “Green economic recovery – Reshaping business for nature and people”.

14 December, The European Green Deal & Nature-based Solutions

The EU German Presidency organised this event which objectives are to create continued momentum towards NbS for people, biodiversity and climate and to demonstrate the potential of NbS to address our global challenges. The event tackled both the internal and external dimensions of the Green Deal, focusing on action by the EU and its Member States, but also looking beyond, into the global agenda.

15-16 December, Special virtual session for SBSTTA-24 and SBI-03 on biodiversity, One Health and COVID-19

A special virtual session for SBSTTA and SBI on the theme of “Biodiversity, One Health and the response to COVID-19”, was held on 15-16 December 2020.

17-18 December, workshop on “Operational and legal options for the new Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)’s responsibility and transparency framework

The objective of this workshop, organized together with IDDRI, will be opening a space for discussions on concrete policy paths for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, prior to SBI3 and raising awareness on the importance of transparency and accountability as a COP15 topic of discussion.

11 January, One Planet Summit

On January 11th 2021, the One Planet Summit kick started the 2021 transformative year for humanity’s relation to nature & planet. It showed the growing mobilisation from Heads of States and main stakeholders towards an equitable, carbon neutral and nature positive world.  

12 January 2021, Stakeholder open webinar – Exploring Linkages between Climate Change and Biodiversity for the development of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

The Stakeholder Open Webinar series is intended to provide an important – and on-going – opportunity for Parties and stakeholders to engage in a constructive exchange of views, and enhance their understanding of elements related to the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, taking into consideration key related messages from the fifth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-5). Watch it here.

18-22 January, Consultation Workshops of Biodiversity-related Conventions on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (Bern I and Bern II)

The follow-up workshop of biodiversity related conventions on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework (Bern II) will take place through live virtual sessions and open online discussion forum that will be convened from 18 January through 2 February 2021. More news here.

19 & 21 January, Briefing webinars for SBI 3

Two information virtual sessions will be held prior to SBI 3, on the following topics: Relating to the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework process; Enhancing reporting and review mechanisms with a view to strengthening the implementation of the Convention. More information here.

23-24 January, Rallying Indian Youth Voices for Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

On January 23rd-24th 2021, GYBN India hosted their National Youth Consultation on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and discussed how to create a future living in harmony with nature.

26 January, 28 January, 02 February, Briefing webinars for SBSTTA 24

Three information sessions will be held on a virtual basis, in preparation of SBSTTA 24 on the following topics: The Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework; scientific and technical information to support the review of the updated goals and targets, and related indicators and baselines; Item 4 (Synthetic biology), 5 (Risk assessment and risk management of living modified organisms), and 6 (Marine and coastal biodiversity); Items 7 (Biodiversity and agriculture), 8 (Programme of work of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services), 9 (Biodiversity and health), and 10 (Invasive alien species). More information here. Register here.

28 January, Introduction for business to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity

This 60-minute webinar, specifically designed for business, will introduce the CBD. There will be speakers from the CBD Secretariat, China COP15 Executive Committee and Business for Nature who will explain why it’s important for business to engage. Register here.

30 January, GYBN Transformative Education workshop

In Commemoration of the International Day of Education, the Global Youth Biodiversity Network will host a Global Youth consultation to gather young people's perspectives on a vision for education and its transformative role in achieving a future of living in harmony with nature. Register here!

Mainstreaming event Costa Rica (Tbc)

4 February, ICLEI Advocacy webinar

ICLEI held its monthly webinar on February 4th on the topic "Ramping up action for nature: updates & the youth perspective", featuring a Global Youth Biodiversity Network speaker.  

9-10 February, Aligning high climate and biodiversity ambitions in 2021 and beyond

A virtual debate called "Aligning high climate and biodiversity ambitions in 2021 and beyond", was organized by our Project. This dialogue therefore aimed to create a space for discussion among actors involved in climate and biodiversity policymaking and implementation in order to develop better mutual understanding, informed by scientific input, of the challenges, opportunities and enablers for aligning climate and biodiversity ambitions.

11 February, Webinar Series on Digital Sequence Information on Genetic Resources

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, in collaboration with the ABS Capacity Development Initiative, organized an informal global webinar series to share information related to digital sequence information on genetic resources (DSI). More information here.

12 February, Youth Environment Assembly

The Global Youth Environment Assembly (YEA) is a gathering of representatives of Children and Youth organizations from all around the world, interested in environment and sustainable development. It took place virtually prior to the virtual session of UNEA-5. More news here.

13-15 February, GYBN policy training

The Global Youth Biodiversity Network held a Policy training on February 13 to 15 2021. More news here.

17-28 February, SBSTTA 24

The twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice was held in a virtual format from 17 to 28 of February 2021. More information on CBD website.

18 February, UNEA-5 CBD Virtual Side-event: Strengthening Non-State Actor Commitments for Biodiversity in the Context of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and the Sustainable Development Goals

Ahead of the fifth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA5), UN Secretary-General António Guterres, and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Inger Andersen launched the report during an online press briefing. More information here.

20 February, GYBN South Africa online consultation

22-23 February, Fifth Session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5)

The overall theme of UNEA-5 were “Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals”. The theme called for strengthened action to protect and restore nature and the nature-based solutions to achieve the SDGs in its three complementary dimensions (social, economic and environmental). More news here.

25 February, UNCCD Land-Based Jobs for Youth Webinar

The UNCCD and Deutsche Welle were hosting 4 webinars designed to inspire people around the world to creat youth-led jobs and entrepreneurship in the land sector. More information here.

22-26 February, The Nature of Cities Festival 2021

TNOC Festival pushed boundaries to radically imagine our cities for the future. A virtual festival that spaned 5 days with programming across all regional time zones and provided in multiple languages. TNOC Festival offered us the ability to truly connect local place and ideas on a global scale for a much broader perspective and participation than any one physical meeting in any one city could ever have achieved. The TNOC festival took place from 22-26 February 2021. Register here.

3 March, Business For Nature Workshop on transformative Post-2020 GBF

Building on its policy recommendations and an extensive consultation with partners and businesses, Business for Nature developed a position on the updated zero-draft of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. Join the webinar to learn more about our suggestions to strengthen the Framework. Register here.

4 March, Post 2020 Local and Subnational Government Information Webinar – Rebalancing our economy with nature

ICLEI will host its monthly webinar on March 4th, reflecting on the Dasgupta Review, its implications for green recovery and sustainable economic development in cities and regions, and how this informs local and subnational action for biodiversity. Register here.

8-12 & 14 March, Informal sessions of SBI 3

The third meeting of the SBI will be held on a virtual format. More information 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. More information here.

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. More information here.

31 March, Resource Mobilization webinar

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 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. Register here.

1 April, Post 2020 Local and Subnational Government Information Webinar – Rebalancing our economy with nature

More news here.

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. More news here.

7 April, World Health Day

April 7 of each year marks the celebration of World Health Day. From its inception at the First Health Assembly in 1948 and since taking effect in 1950, the celebration has aimed to create awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern for the World Health Organization. More information here.

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. Register here.

22 April, Earth Day

Earth Day works in countries around the world to drive meaningful action for our planet. More information here.

6 May, Post 2020 Local and Subnational Government Information Webinar

More news here.

8 May, World Migratory Bird Day

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is an awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. It aims to draw attention to the threats faced by migratory birds, their ecological importance, and the need for international cooperation to conserve them.

22 May, International Day for Biological Diversity

The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

3 June, Post 2020 Local and Subnational Government Information Webinar

5 June, World Environment Day

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) annually organizes events for World Environment Day, which encourages worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment. It is celebrated on 5 June in over 100 countries.

8 June, World Ocean Day

14-24 June, IPBES virtual plenary session

The plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Eighth session will be held from 14 to 24 June 2021.

1 July, Post 2020 Local and Subnational Government Information Webinar

More news here.

6-15 July, Ecosoc High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

The High-level Political Forum, United Nations central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, provides for the full and effective participation of all States Members of the United Nations and States members of specialized agencies. More news here.

8-11 July, Africa-France Summit

The Africa France Summit will be held in Montpellier, France.

August, World Economic Forum 2021

The World Economic Forum’s annual gathering of world leaders will take place in August 2021 with the location shifting from Davos to Singapore. The number of physical attendees is expected to halve from around 3,000 to a maximum of 1,500.

12 August, UN International Youth Day

More news here.

14-26 September, UN General Assembly

The 76th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 76) will open on Tuesday, 14 September 2021. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 21 September 2021.

September, UN Food System Summit

3-11 September, IUCN World Conservation Congres – Marseille

4 October, World Habitat Day

The purpose of World Habitat Day is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter.

1-12 November, UNFCCC COP26

The 26th conference of the UN on climate under British presidency and in partnership with Italy will be held in Glasgow from November 1st to 12th 2021. More news here.

11-14 november 2021, Paris Peace Forum

December, UNCCD COP15, Bonn

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