IPBES-7 opens at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris with a dance performance by a youth group of the “Les Arts en Scène” dance school from Montpellier titled “Steps for a Change”
IPBES-7 opened on Monday with a youth dance performance titled “Steps for a Change” that made references to biodiversity loss and pointed to interlinkages with climate change.
Opening the session, IPBES Chair Robert Watson noted that the Global Assessment is the first comprehensive intergovernmental biodiversity assessment since the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment in 2005, stressing it provides evidence for informed action by governments, private sector, and civil society.
Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General, stressed alliances between science and youth, disseminating messages more broadly to civil society, and addressing challenges of economic development.
IPBES Executive Secretary Anne Larigauderie said the Global Assessment will not only highlight the importance of biodiversity conservation for attaining the SDGs, but also address the intangible contribution of biodiversity to our identity and cultural heritage.
Laurent Stéfanini, Permanent Delegate of France to UNESCO, recalled that, in 2005, then President Jacques Chirac called for creating an intergovernmental expert platform on biodiversity and highlighted that the Global Assessment will shed light on the urgency of addressing biodiversity loss.
In the evening, François de Rugy, French Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, welcomed delegates to Paris. He stressed the need to prepare “for the crucial rendez-vous” with biodiversity that will take place in 2020 when the CBD COP will decide on the post-2020 biodiversity framework. He outlined national efforts to address biodiversity loss and stressed that “we can still win, but alas, also lose if we do not act. The choice is ours.”
Bruno David, Director of the National Museum of Natural History, stressed that we need to preserve biodiversity not only for ethical or aesthetic reasons, but also because “it is our best insurance for the future,” underscoring the need for political action for the sake of future generations.
Emmanuelle Wargon, State Secretary at the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, France, stressed the need for ambitious policies at the national level to drive strong strategies internationally. She emphasized the “ambitious and comprehensive” French National Biodiversity Strategy, noting it has increased public awareness on biodiversity, thus allowing optimism for the future.
Brune Poirson, State Secretary at the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, France, emphasized that France is doing everything in its power to protect nature and build an international agenda for biodiversity that is as powerful as the one on climate change. She emphasized the need to transform our economic systems and bring more “love” into our work. Underscoring that there is one year left to build a strong framework for biodiversity at the international level, she stressed that now is the time to translate science to policy for public actions.”
IPBES Executive Secretary Anne Larigauderie thanked all speakers for the powerful and inspirational messages, highlighting the connection between biodiversity and climate change.
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage and daily reports from IPBES-7. In addition, IISD Reporting Services, will publish a summary and analysis report of IPBES-7 on Tuesday, 7 May 2019.
Inspiring performance done by young dancers linking biodiversity loss and climate change
Standing ovation by IPBES-7 delegates for the young dancers after their performance
IPBES Chair Robert Watson, UK
Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General
Delegates listen to UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay
Laurent Stéfanini, Permanent Delegate of France to UNESCO, delivers a statement to IPBES-7 on behalf of Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, France.
IPBES Executive Secretary Anne Larigauderie
Between sessions, delegates saw a video on the state of biodiversity in France.
Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General, and IPBES Chair Robert Watson, UK
Ana María Hernández Salgar, Colombia
Kinley Choden, Bhutan
T. Douglas Beard, Jr., US
Edna Kaptoyo, International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IIFBES)
Brigitte Baptiste, Co-Chair of the assessment on values of nature and its benefits
Robert Spaull, IPBES Secretariat
The dais during Working Group I
IPBES Global Assessment Co-Chair Sandra Díaz
François de Rugy, Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, France
Bruno David, Director of the National Museum of Natural History, and IPBES Executive Secretary Anne Larigauderie
Emmanuelle Wargon and Brune Poirson, State Secretaries at the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, France
Participants enjoy food and beverages at the reception
Around the Venue
VIPs meet before the opening session (L-R) IPBES Executive Secretary Anne Larigauderie; IPBES Chair Robert Watson, UK; Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General; and Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences
A participant takes a selfie with the young dancers
IPBES Executive Secretary Anne Larigauderie poses for a photo with the young dancers
Participants review publications distributed at the meeting
BIODIVERSITY-L - A Mailing List for News on Biodiversity and Wildlife Policy
SDG - A Mailing List for News on Sustainable Development Policy
SDG Update Newsletter - A compilation of news, commentary and upcoming events published on the SDG Knowledge Hub
SDG Knowledge Hub - An Online Resource Center for News and Commentary Regarding the Implementation of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
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