Multisectoral approach to Lake Chad Crises: BIOPALT Project - ECOSOC Side Event

When :

from Monday 16 July, 2018
18:30
to Monday 16 July, 2018
20:00

Type of event :

Special Event

Where :

UNHQ, New York, United States of America

Contact :

b.diawara@unesco.org

UNESCO in coordination with the beneficiary countries of the Biosphere and Heritage of Lake Chad project (BIOPALT), is organizing a side-event show casing the BIOPAL project during the High Level Political Forum 2018 “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies” focusing on implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12 and 15).

BIOPALT aims at contributing to poverty reduction (SDG 1) and promoting a culture of peace (SDG 16) by strengthening the capacity of member states to develop sustainable, equitable, inclusive and coordinated management of the hydrological, natural and cultural resources of the Lake Chad Basin. The project combines the approaches to the International Hydrological Programme (SDG 6), Man and the Biosphere Programme (SDGs 15 and 13), the Cultural Heritage Conventions (SDGs 11 and 15) in the context of Climate Change Mitigation (SDG 13).

The side event will provide a platform for governments, intergovernmental bodies, UN agencies; civil society and academia to reflect on how to make a better use of the Agenda 2030 and its SDGs to promote multidimensional responses to Lake Chad issues and to promote action between the political, technical and financial partners.

The Lake Chad Basin is an important shared source of fresh water that provides livelihood services for more 45 million people. It stays high on the UN Agenda and particularly in the context of the Security Council discussions, which identified three interlinked crises: security, humanitarian and ecological.

Following discussions with the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) and its Member States, UNESCO developed a multisectoral and multidisciplinary response through the project “Biosphere and Heritage of Lake Chad” (BIOPALT) implemented in five countries (Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Niger and Nigeria). It aims to address root causes of the ecological crises reaching out to the security and humanitarian crises in these five countries.

BIOPALT aims to contribute to poverty reduction (SDG 1) and promote a culture of peace (SDG 16) by strengthening the capacity of member states to develop sustainable, equitable, inclusive and coordinated management of the hydrological, natural and cultural resources of the Lake Chad Basin. The project combines the approaches to the International Hydrological Programme (SDG 6), Man and the Biosphere Programme (SDGs 15 and 13), the Cultural Heritage Conventions (SDGs 11 and 15) in the context of Climate Change Mitigation (SDG 13).

In this context, UNESCO in coordination with the BIOPALT beneficiary countries, is planning to organize a side-event show casing the BIOPALT project to contribute to the HLPF 2018 “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies” focusing on implementation of SDGs (6, 7, 11, 12 and 15).

The side event will provide a platform for governments, intergovernmental bodies, UN agencies; civil society and academia to reflect on how to make a better use of the Agenda 2030 and its SDGs to promote multidimensional responses to Lake Chad issues and to promote action between the political, technical and financial partners.