The UNFCCC COP28 and CBD COP15 Presidencies will bring together governments and leaders across society at a ministerial roundtable to discuss the importance, challenges, and opportunities in adopting a synergetic approach in the design and implementation of national climate and biodiversity plans and strategies, in support of achieving the goals of both the Paris Agreement and the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals. This roundtable will also bring together existing or newly launched country-led partnerships and initiatives across climate, biodiversity, and land use action to exchange best practices and share opportunities to enhance collaboration, in order to support countries as they submit revised National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) in advance of CBD COP16 in 2024, and new Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) at COP30 in response to the Global Stocktake (GST) at COP28.

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Governments, Indigenous Peoples and local communities (IPLC), civil society, and private sector actors will come together to celebrate the adoption of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) and take stock of progress towards its implementation one year from COP15 under the Convention on Biological Diversity. Looking at how governments are delivering their commitment to conserve, protect, and restore at least 30% of the planet’s land and ocean by 2030, and highlighting the contribution of leading non-state actors, this high-level event will underscore the importance of action on nature in delivering the goals of the Paris Agreement. It will also seek to unlock progress on the target of mobilizing USD$200 billion per year for biodiversity funding by 2030 and at least USD$20 billion per year in international biodiversity finance by 2025.

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Join us for the operational launch of the NBSAP Accelerator Partnership – a new initiative that aims to strengthen the capacity of countries to deliver on their National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and spearhead efforts to foster collective action to address the urgent biodiversity crisis and deliver the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF). The partnership is led by the Colombia and Germany, as well as UNDP, UNEP, and the CBD. The event will bring together a diverse audience to discuss the importance of NBSAPs and the role of the NBSAP Accelerator Partnership in supporting their implementation. This event will also launch a WWF International-developed NBSAP toolkit, tailored for civil society, targeting those not traditionally engaged in the biodiversity agenda, and offering concrete tools and guidance to engage with governments to implement the GBF through a whole-of-society approach.

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The world is faced with a planetary emergency caused by interdependent crises including biodiversity loss, climate change, pollution, increasing emergence and threats presented by pandemics of zoonotic origin, food insecurity and debt crises. The stakes could not be higher to secure continuity of all life on earth, and the current decade is decisive. In view of this urgency, a commitment to continued ambition and accelerated action at the highest level will be key to our success in reversing biodiversity loss and achieving a nature-positive world by 2030. Without this, it will be impossible to achieve the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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In December 2022 the Global Biodiversity Framework was agreed by 196 governments, including a set of 23 action targets which, if implemented, will halt and reverse the loss of biodiversity by 2030. They will also substantially contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change. All Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity are required to update their national strategies before Q3 2024, and a global review of collective progress in implementation is planned for 2026. No independent effort to track and verify overall progress currently exists for nature.

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