Event: Financing the Transition to a Nature Positive Future

1 June 2022
09:00 – 12:00 (CEST)
Venue: Stockholmsmässan, Stockholm, Sweden.

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EVENT SUMMARY

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About this Event

The urgency of protecting and restoring nature is now undisputed. We are losing nature at an unprecedented rate, yet our lives and livelihoods depend on nature. More than $44 trillion – nearly half global GDP – relies on the goods and services that nature provides: from pollination to climate mitigation and adaptation to clean air and water.

At the root of the problem is our failure to adequately value nature. To safeguard our future prosperity and security we must act now to embed nature in our economic and financial decisions, bridge the finance gap, and shift the financial system to become nature positive.

At this flagship event in association with Stockholm +50 and supported by the Leaders’ Pledge for Nature, ministers and senior leaders from civil society and the private sector will come together to discuss how to unlock the finance that is needed to halt and reverse the loss of our vital natural assets, and accelerate the transition to a net zero and nature positive future.

Event Objectives

This high-level meeting will provide a forum for leaders from across civil society, the private sector, and national governments to share views and experiences on how to finance the protection and restoration of nature. It will look at the different approaches to mobilising more resources for nature and aligning financial flows with the emerging Global Biodiversity Framework.

It will discuss:

  • Why the loss of critical ecosystems and biodiversity represents a systemic threat to economic and financial stability;
  • The key actions needed to better align economic decision-making with the nature positive agenda, learning the lessons from experience with net zero; and,
  • How to mobilise sufficient domestic and international resources at scale.

Event Programme

 

Segment Approximate Timings
Refreshments 8.30 – 9.00
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Introduction
Opening remarks from Master of Ceremonies and Lord Goldsmith in conversation 09.00 – 9.05
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Session 1: Valuing Nature
Defining the path to finance nature recovery: Keynote speeches followed by panel session and audience Q&A 9.05 – 10.30
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30-minute break 10.30 – 11.00
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Session 2: Agenda for action
How can we shift the incentives in favour of a nature positive economy: Keynote speeches followed by panel session and audience Q&A 11.00 – 11.30
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Closing Remarks 11.30 – 11.45

 

Keynote Speakers and Panellists

  • Lord Zac Goldsmith; Minister for the Pacific and the International Environment of the United Kingdom
  • Carlos Manuel Rodríguez; CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF)
  • Dr. M. Sanjayan; CEO of Conservation International
  • Steven Guilbeault; Minister of Environment and Climate Change of Canada
  • Sharon Ikeazor; Minister of State for the Environment of Nigeria
  • Professor Lee White CBE; Minister of Forests, Oceans, Environment and Climate Change, Gabon
  • Erin Billman; Executive Director of the Science-Based Targets for Nature
  • Marco Lambertini; Director General, WWF International
  • Liza Jonson; CEO of Swedbank Robur
  • Fazia Pusterla; IADB Representative in Europe
  • Sylvie Lemmet; Ambassador for the Environment at the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs for France
  • Lamia Mohsin; Climate Champions Youth Fellow in Resilience
  • Dr. Vian Sharif; Founder of NatureAlpha
  • Stientje van Veldhoven; Vice President and Regional Director for Europe for the World Resources Institute

Virtual appearances from:

  • Yunwen Bai; Vice President of the Institute of Finance and Sustainability and the Director for Centre of Financing Nature-based Solutions, China
  • Deborah Lehr; Vice Chairman and Executive Director of the Paulson Institute
  • Susanna Moorehead; Chair of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC)
  • Maria Fernanda Espinosa; Ecuadorian politician and diplomat, and former President of the United Nations General Assembly.