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2. Accelerating Progress on Achieving the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework through NBSAP Ambition and Early Action

22 August 2023, 11:00- 12:30, session in the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework Pavilion at the Seventh GEF Assembly

 Room 301, Vancouver Convention Center

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This side event will showcase national and global efforts to accelerate progress on the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework through NBSAPs. The focus is on early actions and early progress, and on efforts to support accelerated ambition and progress on NBSAP actions. The side event will include two keynote speakers, and two lively panels, highlighting efforts to date, challenges ahead, and areas for additional acceleration.





Times are listed in Pacific Daylight Savings time (PDT)

Session Title




Part 1: Setting Global Ambition

Midori Paxton (Moderator)

Director, Nature Hub



David Cooper

Acting Executive Secretary

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity


Claude Gascon

Manager and Interim Director, Program Unit

The Global Environment Facility

Part 2: Early Action, Early Progress – National Targets, NBSAPs, Frameworks and Policy Coherence


Jurgis Sapijanskas (Moderator)

Senior Biodiversity Specialist

The Global Environment Facility


Dr.Noralene Uy

Assistant Secretary, DENR

The Philippines


Teofilus Nghitila

GEF Focal Point



S.E. Nancy Chauca Vasquez

Vice Minister of Strategic Development of Natural Resources, Ministry of Environment



H.E. Franz Tattenbach Capra

Minister, Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica and Political Focal Point, GEF

Costa Rica


Ayshanie Megagangoda-Labe

Resident Representative

UNDP Nepal

Part 3: Acceleration – Catalyzing Global Progress, and Global Opportunities for Acceleration

Doreen Robinson (Moderator)

Head of Biodiversity and Land Ecosystems Division



Maria Teresa Becerra

Head of International Affairs



Dr.Christiane Paulus

Director-General Nature Conservation, Sustainable Use of Natural Resources, Nature-Based Climate Action, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV)



Representative of the Government of China




Shahkira Parker

Operational Focal Point, Senior Policy Advisor: International Governance Management, Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment 

South Africa


Rita El Zaglhoul


High Ambition Coalition For Nature


Andrew Deutz

Managing Director, Global Policy and Conservation Finance

The Nature Conservancy


More information:

Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework - 2050 Goals

Seventh GEF Assembly - Main Page