This side event will foster discussions and actions towards more ambitious and coordinated nature and climate actions for sustainable development, building upon momentum from UNFCCC COP28 and the Joint Statement for Climate, Nature, and People. Launched in December 2023, the COP28 Joint Statement outlines principles for collaborative efforts on integrating nature and climate. This event focuses on operationalizing these principles, including coordination, integration, investment alignment, and dissemination of best practices. It encourages participation from government representatives, civil society, academia, and other stakeholders. The expected outcomes include enhanced understanding of collaborative mechanisms, identification of opportunities for integration, increased momentum for investment alignment, and dissemination of success cases to foster peer learning among countries and stakeholders.


When: Monday 05/27/2024 | 6:15 pm – 7:45 pm EAT

Where: CR-10 – GRULAC room – 2nd floor, UN Compound

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The NBSAP Dialogues are part of a series of regional and sub-regional dialogues being convened by the Secretariat in 2023 and 2024 to facilitate the sharing of experiences and mutual learning related to the revision and updating of NBSAPs, including national targets, in alignment with the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, as requested of Parties in decision 15/6. The NBSAP Dialogues will include sessions on experiences and lessons learned in revising or updating NBSAPs, including national target revision or setting, whole-of-government and whole-of-society approaches, the integration of the Cartagena and Nagoya Protocols and other relevant multilateral environmental agreements into the NBSAP, and development of a national monitoring plan for the NBSAP. The Dialogues will also include dedicated discussions in breakout groups on capacity-building and development, and on national biodiversity financing.


When: Thursday 05/30/2024 – Sunday 06/02/2024T

Where: TBC, UN Compound – Nairobi, Kenya

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This event, hosted by SwedBio at SRC, CBD, FPP, GIZ, ILCRI, Natural Justice, TP, UNDP, W4B and WWF aims to guide member states on integrating a human rights-based approach into their NBSAP update processes. Insights from the human rights and biodiversity working group and experiences from the GIZ Global Project will be shared, along with findings from a survey on rights-holders’ participation in NBSAP updates. The event will encourage dialogue and collaboration between member states and civil society for inclusive implementation of the GBF.


When: Sunday 05/26/2024 | 1:15 pm EAT

Where: CR-8 – CEE room – First floor, UN Compound

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The need to develop and implement gender-responsive NBSAPs is underlined by Target 23 of the CBD and Target 2.3 of the Plan of Action on Gender Equality, which emphasise integrating human rights and gender considerations into national biodiversity strategies. Hosted by the CBD Women Caucus, the NBSAP Accelerator Partnership, IUCN HRC, UN Women, WWF, FARN and Eco maxei, this roundtable will facilitate discussions among Parties and stakeholders to exchange progress and challenges in NBSAP development, fostering shared learning and collective action.


When: Tuesday 05/28/2024 | 1:15 pm EAT

Where: CR-8 – CEE room – First floor, UN Compound

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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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