High-level event: Transformative Action for Nature and People

High level event at the Nature For Life Hub, on showcasing action to protect, conserve, sustainably use and restore nature and close the finance gap.

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22 September

8:00AM-10:30AM (EDT)

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More info and Livestream link (to be updated) here.

Read full programme here.

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About this Day

At this high-level event in the margins of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly government leaders and partners will present transformative initiatives, policies and financing to halt and reverse biodiversity loss by 2030. These actions will demonstrate that protecting, conserving, sustainably using, and restoring nature can deliver multiple co-benefits for nature, climate, and sustainable development. The actions showcased will prove transformative action for nature is viable and urgent.

Event Objectives

To garner Leaders’ Commitments and showcase specific and transformative actions with a whole of government approach, from a wide range of Heads of State and Government and leaders of private sector, civil society, IPLCs and other relevant stakeholders to protect, conserve, sustainably use and restore nature to mobilize the necessary means of implementation.

To rally political and financial momentum for nature and motivate other countries and actors towards ambitious nature positive actions for biodiversity and people.

Hosts and Co-sponsors

The initiative goes out from a cross-regional group of countries from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas including Antigua & Barbuda, AOSIS, Belgium, Bhutan, Colombia, Costa Rica, EU, France, Gabon, UK, Vietnam as well as their partners: Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), National Geographic & Campaign for Nature, Nature 4 Life Hub, UNEP, UNDP, World Wide Fund for Nature WWF.

Program (provisional)

  • Opening and setting the scene from High Level UN officials and Heads of State and Government of co-hosts
  • Live Interactive Leaders’ Panel 1: on Transformative actions to conserve, sustainably use, restore and mainstream biodiversity featuring at least three Heads of State and Government, an IPLC leader and a CSO leader
  • Statements from leads of UN Conventions (UNFCCC, UNCCD, UNCBD) – TBC
  • Live Interactive Leaders’ Panel 2: on Financing a Nature Positive World featuring at least two Heads of State and Government, and major financial announcements
  • Inspiring video
  • Series of statements from Heads of State and Government & non state actor leaders focused on transformative actions
  • Inspiring video
  • Closing from High Level UN officials and Heads of State and Government of co-hosts