The Mirpuri Foundation participated in the virtual Knowledge Dialogue promoted by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), WCC (Wildlife Conservation Congress) and the Government of France, which addressed the nature’s critical role in recovery from Covid-19, conserving biodiversity and tackling climate change.

The event explored the urgent policy action needed nationally, regionally and globally to transform our economic, social and financial systems and how that can be done in a way that prevents any further negative biodiversity, ecosystem and climate trends.

After welcome remarks by the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Abdullah Shahid of the Maldives, Dr. Bruno Oberle, IUCN Director General, was responsible for the keynote address, presenting an overview of the achievements of the recently concluded IUCN World Conservation Congress, held in Marseille (France), but also mentioning how important it is to invest in Nature and that we need to give back more.

The event was then followed by several presentations by a group of distinguished panelists. Sonia Peña Moreno (Coordinator of Global Biodiversity Policy and Governance, IUCN) talked about nature-positive recovery from Covid-19, Susan Lieberman (Vice President, International Policy, WCS) addressed CBD’s Global Biodiversity Framework and the Post-2020 targets, Sylvie Lemmet (Ambassador for the Environment, Government of France) spoke about the role of nature in mitigating climate change. Aditi Maheshwari (Director of Climate Change, Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations) also participated in this discussion.

Before concluding remarks, the audience was invited to raise questions in a short Q&A session.

Wildlife Conservation needs to be a global joined effort to succeed and the Mirpuri Foundation is contributing to such efforts on a regional basis.

The world has changed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Over the next years, countries will be struggling to rebuild their economies, while the impacts of climate change are worsening and biodiversity is facing a dramatic loss globally. Building back post-Covid in a nature-positive and sustainable way is the real challenge of our times.

Since the launch of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have been convening Knowledge Dialogues at the United Nations, to inform and engage diplomats and policy makers on the latest and best science and practice relating to nature conservation and sustainable use, demonstrating nature’s fundamental importance to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.