Thematic Session: Protecting the planet and building resilience
Co-conveners: CBD, DESA, UNDRR, UNEP.

External experts listed on this page and the following United Nations entities have also contributed to the workstream: ESCAP, ESCWA, FAO, IFAD, IMF, ITU, OHCHR, UNICEF, UNOOSA, UN Women, WHO.

The 2030 Agenda is rooted in the idea that human development and wellbeing cannot be achieved without simultaneously safeguarding and investing in nature — otherwise development gains will be short lived and unequally distributed. Biodiversity loss, land and forest degradation and climate change, and more frequent and intense natural hazards, among other, are threatening the planet and human life and wellbeing. Actions to advance economic and social development need to address these threats and build resilience, including through sustainable consumption and production practices and accounting for the true value of nature. The past decade—including the COVID-19 crisis—has revealed the systemic nature of risk and the cascading impact of disasters, crossing economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development and affecting countries in all corners of the globe. The natural environment is humanity’s first line of defence against hazards of all kinds, and nature-based solutions (NBS) enable us to protect and work with nature to build resilience and reduce risks at all scales. These concerns are addressed directly in SDGs 12, 13, 14, and 15, but they also animate the entire Agenda, including Annotated Programme as of 22 June 2020 9 health, food security and economic growth and livelihoods. The current session will highlight opportunities, innovation and solutions to safeguard the planet, managing risk and building resilience.

Guiding questions:

  • What are the fundamental systems transformations needed to halt nature degradation, reverse loss and manage risk, while eradicating poverty, ensuring food security for a growing population, including women and girls, securing livelihoods and promoting resilience? How can we scale up the use of nature-based solutions to achieve these transformations? How can we promote sustainable consumption and production?
  • How can the public and the private sector work better together to manage disaster risk across systems, in line with the Sendai Framework, and to protect the global environmental commons? What tools are instrumental towards this aim?
  • What does the COVID-19 crisis reveal about the human-nature relationship and systemic risk creation? How can nature-based solutions contribute to a post-COVID-19 economic and social recovery that is more sustainable, equitable and resilient?
  • How can we redirect financial flows and direct recovery efforts to create better outcomes for people, prosperity and planet? Which nature-related investments should the international community prioritize in the next 1-2 years?
  • How can we increase efforts to combat climate change as we respond to COVID-19?

Video Messages:

Participants
H.E. Mr. Janez Potočnik
Co-Chair of UNEP's International Resource Panel and former European Commissioner for the Environment
H.E. Mr. Janez Potočnik

Co-Chair of UNEP's International Resource Panel and former European Commissioner for the Environment

Mr. Javier Surasky
Together 2030
Mr. Javier Surasky

Together 2030

Mr. Alexander Buck
Executive Director of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations
Mr. Alexander Buck

Executive Director of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations

Mr. David Obura
Director, Coastal Oceans Research and Development—Indian Ocean (CORDIO) East Africa
Mr. David Obura

Director, Coastal Oceans Research and Development—Indian Ocean (CORDIO) East Africa

Mr. Duncan Brack
Senior Research Fellow, Royal Institute of International Affairs
Mr. Duncan Brack

Senior Research Fellow, Royal Institute of International Affairs

Mr. Fernando Britto
Founder & CEO at AI Systems Research (AISR) - Founder at HUB4VENTURES - Board Member at UNDRR ARISE
Mr. Fernando Britto

Founder & CEO at AI Systems Research (AISR) - Founder at HUB4VENTURES - Board Member at UNDRR ARISE

Mr. Gatkuoth Kai
Technical Coordinator, Rural Economy & Agriculture Department, African Union Commission
Mr. Gatkuoth Kai

Technical Coordinator, Rural Economy & Agriculture Department, African Union Commission

Mr. Gete Zeleke
Director, Water and Land Resource Centre, Ethiopia
Mr. Gete Zeleke

Director, Water and Land Resource Centre, Ethiopia

Mr. Jim Hallett
Chair of the Society for Ecological Restoration and Vice-Chair of the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration
Mr. Jim Hallett

Chair of the Society for Ecological Restoration and Vice-Chair of the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration

Mr. José Campos Arce
Board of Trustees of Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
Mr. José Campos Arce

Board of Trustees of Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

Mr. Juan Lucas Restrepo
Director General, Alliance of Biodiversity International and CIAT
Mr. Juan Lucas Restrepo

Director General, Alliance of Biodiversity International and CIAT

Mr. Kittisak Rattanakrajansri
Chairperson of the Executive Counsel, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact
Mr. Kittisak Rattanakrajansri

Chairperson of the Executive Counsel, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact

Mr. Mark A. Sutton
Director, International Nitrogen Management Systemt (INMS), Director, UKRI GCRF South Asian Nitrogen Hub
Mr. Mark A. Sutton

Director, International Nitrogen Management Systemt (INMS), Director, UKRI GCRF South Asian Nitrogen Hub

Mr. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg
Director, Global Change Institute, University of Queensland
Mr. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

Director, Global Change Institute, University of Queensland

Mr. Peter White
Biologist and WBCSD's Ambassador for Biodiversity
Mr. Peter White

Biologist and WBCSD's Ambassador for Biodiversity

Mr. Pierpaolo Campostrini
Managing Director at Corila Consortium
Mr. Pierpaolo Campostrini

Managing Director at Corila Consortium

Mr. Pooven Moodley
Executive Director, Natural Justice
Mr. Pooven Moodley

Executive Director, Natural Justice

Mr. Stanley Kimaren Ole Riamit
Indigenous Livelihoods Enhancement Partners (ILEPA), Indigenous Peoples Major Group
Mr. Stanley Kimaren Ole Riamit

Indigenous Livelihoods Enhancement Partners (ILEPA), Indigenous Peoples Major Group

Mr. Stephen Polasky
Regents Professor and Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics, University of Minnesota
Mr. Stephen Polasky

Regents Professor and Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics, University of Minnesota

Mr. Tom Gillespie
Professor of Environmental Sciences and Environmental Health, Emory University
Mr. Tom Gillespie

Professor of Environmental Sciences and Environmental Health, Emory University

Mr. Victor Mahlalela
Programs Director National Disaster Management Agency (Eswatini)
Mr. Victor Mahlalela

Programs Director National Disaster Management Agency (Eswatini)

Mr. Yasha Feferholtz
Economist, EcoHealth Alliance, Yale Center for Business and Environment
Mr. Yasha Feferholtz

Economist, EcoHealth Alliance, Yale Center for Business and Environment

Ms. Anne-Sophie Stevance
Science officer, International Science Council
Ms. Anne-Sophie Stevance

Science officer, International Science Council

Ms. Bertha Cecelia Garcia Cienfuegos
Asociación Regional Mujeres Ingenieras Peru - Women’s Major Group
Ms. Bertha Cecelia Garcia Cienfuegos

Asociación Regional Mujeres Ingenieras Peru - Women’s Major Group

Ms. Estibaliz Saez de Camara Oleaga
Directora de Sostenibilidad de la UPV/EHU, Local Authorities Major Group
Ms. Estibaliz Saez de Camara Oleaga

Directora de Sostenibilidad de la UPV/EHU, Local Authorities Major Group

Ms. Georgina Catacora-Vargas
Associated postdoctoral researcher, CDE, University of Bern and Working Group Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO)
Ms. Georgina Catacora-Vargas

Associated postdoctoral researcher, CDE, University of Bern and Working Group Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO)

Ms. Jekulin Lipi Saikia
Young Professional (Research) at National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM)
Ms. Jekulin Lipi Saikia

Young Professional (Research) at National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM)

Ms. Luisa Volpe
Head of Policy Development, World Farmers’ Organization- Farmers Major Group
Ms. Luisa Volpe

Head of Policy Development, World Farmers’ Organization- Farmers Major Group

Ms. Monica Gabay
Senior Advisor, Secretariat of Environmental Policy in Natural Resources, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Argentina
Ms. Monica Gabay

Senior Advisor, Secretariat of Environmental Policy in Natural Resources, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Argentina

Ms. Nicole Leotaud
Executive Director, Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI)
Ms. Nicole Leotaud

Executive Director, Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI)

Ms. Pernilla Malmer
Senior Adviser, The Resilience and Development Programme (SwedBio)
Ms. Pernilla Malmer

Senior Adviser, The Resilience and Development Programme (SwedBio)

Ms. Philomena Talatu Zamani
WILPF Nigeria- NGO Major Group
Ms. Philomena Talatu Zamani

WILPF Nigeria- NGO Major Group

Ms. Rachel Wynberg
Professor and Research Chair on the environmental and social dimensions of the Bio-Economy at the University of Cape Town
Ms. Rachel Wynberg

Professor and Research Chair on the environmental and social dimensions of the Bio-Economy at the University of Cape Town

Ms. Radhika Murti
Director Global Programme, IUCN
Ms. Radhika Murti

Director Global Programme, IUCN

Ms. Ramya Natarajan
Senior Research Engineer, Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy, India
Ms. Ramya Natarajan

Senior Research Engineer, Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy, India

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