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Delivering the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework: Facilitating Early, Effective and Inclusive Implementation

CBD Online Flagship Side Event at the Resumed Fifth Session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5) organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
  • Date and Time: [expired] Tuesday, 1 March 2022, 18:15 – 19:45 (EAT)
  • Recording

About the event

Convened by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this flagship side event brought together high-level representatives from governments, the UN system, the financial and private sector, Indigenous Peoples and local communities, and civil society, and will highlight how actors across government and society can contribute to ensuring the effective and immediate implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework in an inclusive manner once it is adopted in Kunming. Panelists also discussed the policies, programmes, multi-stakeholder action, and partnerships needed to advance early implementation.

By underscoring the shared recognition of the urgent need for action on nature, this event helped build political momentum for the upcoming CBD negotiations in March in Geneva and for the successful adoption of an ambitious and transformative post-2020 global biodiversity framework at COP 15 in Kunming. It also highlighted the importance of taking collective action to improve biodiversity conservation and develop more integrated approaches to support early implementation. Panelists announced new initiatives and highlight priority areas of action and/or reflected on how existing approaches can be improved. Moreover, the event helped raise awareness so that Parties to the Convention and the Protocols, and stakeholders are informed and empowered to take ambitious action to adopt and start implementing the new framework.

The flagship side event was  streamed live and a recording is available at the top of this page.


2 min Opening
Moderator: Ms. Femi Oke, Journalist & Co-Founder of Moderate The Panel
2 min Video – the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework Video message
3 min Keynote I
Ms. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Opening remarks
5 min Impulse
Ms. Severn Cullis-Suzuki, Executive Director, David Suzuki Foundation
Critical impulse statement
25 min Panel 1: Putting words into action
H.E. Mr. Adrián Peña, Minister of Environment of Uruguay
Ms. Bettina Hoffmann, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection of Germany
Mr. Sudhanshu Sarronwala, Chief Impact Officer of Infarm
Ms. Abigail Kitma, Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Programme Coordinator of Tebtebba Foundation
Mr. Kevin Lunzalu, Founder and Coordinator of Global Youth Biodiversity Network Kenya
Inputs and perspectives from panelists
3 min Keynote II
H. E. Mr. Huang Runqiu, Minister of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China, CBD COP 15 Presidency
Video message
25 min Panel 2: Supporting early implementation
Mr. Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF)
H.E. The Rt Hon. Lord Zac Goldsmith, Minister for Pacific and the Environment of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Mr. Neville Ash, Director of the UN Environment World Conservation Monotoring Centre (UNEP WCMC)
Ms. Vicki Benjamin, President & Co-founder, Karner Blue Capital
Mr. Kaddu Sebunya, CEO of the African Wildlife Foundation
Inputs and perspectives from panelists
20 min Discussion and Q&A
Comments and questions
Discussion with panelists
5 min Closing remarks
Mr. Francis Ogwal and Mr. Basile van Havre, Co-Chairs of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
Brief closing remarks


Speaker profiles

Click on the image below to read the biographies and know more about the speakers who are attending this event:


Wall of Speakes with their photos and names

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