22 Mai 2024
10:00–12:15

Lieu: Palais des Nations, Room III

Organisation: Geneva Environment Network, Convention sur la diversité biologique

In the lead-up to the sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity that will take place from 21 October to 1 November 2024 in Cali, Colombia, this year’s Biodiversity Day celebration in Geneva will be the occasion to highlight international Geneva’s role in implementing the Biodiversity Plan, including mobilizing and bolstering its means of implementation.

About this Event

The International Day for Biodiversity (IDB) is celebrated every year on 22 May, commemorating the adoption of the text of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 1992. The 2024 edition “Be part of the Plan” is a call to action for all stakeholders to halt and reverse the loss of biodiversity by supporting the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, also referred to as the The Biodiversity Plan.

As humanity is facing the intertwined triple planetary crisis of climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution, collaborative action is needed from all sides of society to restore harmony with nature and foster a transition to sustainable socio-economic systems. The adoption of the Global Biodiversity Framework in December 2022 was an important step to commit to action that protects nature. Biodiversity and nature conservation is mainstreamed in the multilateral activities of international Geneva, home to some of the key institutions that actively contribute to setting the global agenda to tackle the biodiversity crisis.

In the lead-up to the sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD that will take place from 21 October to 1 November 2024 in Cali, Colombia, this year’s Biodiversity Day celebration in Geneva will be the occasion to bring together governments, intergovernmental organizations, multi-lateral environmental agreements, Indigenous Peoples and local communities, non-governmental organizations, businesses, and other civil society organizations to highlight international Geneva’s role in implementing the Biodiversity Plan, including mobilizing and bolstering its means of implementation.

To welcome all to the celebration, Dietrix Jon Ulukoa Duhaylonsod – representing the Native Hawaiian Organizations Ka’uikiokapo, Ho’ola Hani’o, and Kiawekupono O Ka Ua, and the Indigenous Chamoru Organizations Adahi I Manaotao-ta Mo’na and The Mana’adahi Coalition – will share traditional chants and blessings asking for guidance and protection and calling for true peace for all peoples. The opening chants will begin at 9:50 CEST.

The event will be preceded by a light breakfast.

Speakers

By order of intervention. 

Tatiana VALOVAYA

Director-General, United Nations Office at Geneva

H.E. Amb. Julien THÖNI

Deputy Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva

H.E. Amb. Jian SHEN

Deputy Permanent Representative of the People's Republic of China to the UN Office at Geneva and other international organizations in Switzerland

H.E. Amb. Gustavo GALLÓN

Permanent Representative of Colombia to the UN office and other international organizations in Geneva

Pedro Manuel MORENO

Deputy Secretary-General, UN Trade and Development

David COOPER

Acting Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity (video message)

Kirsten SCHUIJT

Director General, WWF International

Karine SIEGWART

Senior Policy Advisor, International Union for Conservation of Nature

Ivonne HIGUERO

Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

Francesca BERNARDINI

Chief, Transboundary Cooperation Section, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Rolph PAYET

Executive Secretary, Basel Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Chantal-Line CARPENTIER

Head, Trade, Environment, Climate Change, and Sustainable Development, UN Trade and Development

Maria NEIRA

Director of Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health, World Health Organization

Benjamin SCHACHTER

Coordinator, Environment and Climate Change Team, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Lucy MULENKEI

Executive Director, Indigenous Information Network | Co Chair, International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity | Co Chair, Indigenous Women Biodiversity Network

Moustapha Kamal GUEYE

Director, Priority action programme on just transitions, International Labour Organization

Jessica SMITH

Lead, Nature, UNEP Finance Initiative

Eva ZABEY

CEO, Business for Nature

Nicholas BONVOISIN

Chief, Operational Activities & Review Section, Environment Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Aline BLASER

Lead, Biological Corridors Programme, Canton of Geneva

Dominique BURGEON

Director, Geneva Liaison Office, FAO

H.E. Amb. Christine TOUDIC

Deputy Permanent Representative of France to the UN Office at Geneva and other international organizations in Switzerland

Carolyn DEERE BIRKBECK

Executive Director, Forum on Trade, Environment & SDGs (TESS), Geneva Graduate Institute | Moderator

Registration

Non UN-badge holders need to register to access Palais des Nations. For accreditation, participants need to enter through Pregny Door.

Access to the Venue

This event will take place in Palais des Nations, Room III. You may consult the map of the Palais des Nations to identify the room location.

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Photo Credits

UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré (2013).