Information session for Member States on UNESCO’s contribution to the biodiversity agenda
Biodiversity provides the foundations for our societies, cultures, food systems and fresh water. It is declining at an alarming rate, and is closely linked to climate change – just as climate change exacerbates biodiversity loss, biodiversity loss also exacerbates climate change. Without biodiversity, there is no life, there is no future possible for humanity.
The situation is critical, but not without hope. UNESCO’s networks, including the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, the World Heritage Sites and the UNESCO Global Geoparks, have demonstrated that it is possible to reconcile the conservation of biodiversity with its sustainable use, and to reinforce the ties between cultural and biological diversity.
This information meeting is taking place just prior to the 6th Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), which will take place in March 2018. UNESCO is an institutional co-sponsor of IPBES, together with UN Environment, the FAO and UNDP. IPBES is often described as the IPCC for biodiversity. Together, the efforts of IPBES and those of IPCC will strengthen the knowledge base to counteract the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem benefits.
The meeting will be chaired by Ms Flavia Schlegel, Assistant Director-General for the Natural Science, together with Mechtild Rossler, Director of the World Heritage Centre, as well as representatives of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, the Education Sector and the Bureau of Strategic Planning.
It will provide an opportunity to present the next key steps of the global biodiversity agenda, and UNESCO’s main contributions.