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Monday, January 11, 2021

VIRTUAL event: One Planet summit for biodiversity

11 January 2021. One Planet Summit for Biodiversity

France, with the United Nations and the World Bank, organized a 'One Planet Summit' for biodiversity in Paris. The Summit brought together heads of state and government, leaders of international organizations, financial institutions, companies and NGOs, all ready to demonstrate that their commitments are leading to concrete actions to preserve and restore biodiversity, and to lead systemic transformations of our economies.

The One Planet Summit, a largely virtual event, included French President Emmanuel Macron, UN chief Antonio Guterres, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Union head Ursula von der Leyen.

Organisers wantrf to lay the groundwork for crunch UN biodiversity talks – postponed because of the pandemic – set to be held in China in October and will see nearly 200 nations attempt to thrash out new goals to preserve Earth’s battered ecosystems.

Great Green Wall Investment Forum

This report was launched 7 September 2020. It evaluates the implementation of a most ambitious project along the southern tip of the Saharan desert in Africa.

The report takes stock of the progress made to restore land, create jobs and generate income in eleven Great Green Wall (GGW) countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Sudan. The GGW is an African-led initiative, launched by the African Union in 2007 and designed to transform the lives of 100 million people by growing an 8,000 km long and 15 km wide mosaic of trees, grasslands, vegetation and plants that can restore the degraded lands and help the region's inhabitants produce adequate food, create jobs and promote peace.

The GGW is a symbol of hope in the face of desertification, one of the foremost challenges of our time that has upended livelihoods in the Sahel and turned the region into one of the poorest in the world. Once complete, the Wall will be the largest living structure on the planet: a grown, not built, world wonder, stretching across the entire width of the continent of Africa.

The EU has financed the FLEUVE project: The Local Environmental Coalition for a Green Union (2014–2018; 7 million Euros) as well as other activities and projects within the scope of the GGW Initiative. The EU also equally funded the FAO’s Action Against Desertification in 2014 to support the GGW implementation on the ground.

  • Franck Riester, Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs
  • HE Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission
  • HRH The Prince of Wales
A new joint approach based on 5 pillars of action
  • Ibrahim Thiaw, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
  • Yannick Glemarec, Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund
  • Gilbert Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development
  • Nicole Schwab, co-founder, World Economic Forum initiative
A financial commitment commensurate with the challenges
  • Prof. Abdoulaye Dia, Executive Secretary of the Pan African Agency of the Great Green Wall
  • Rémy Rioux, CEO, French Development Agency
  • Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank
  • Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank
Combining the challenges of restoration, food security and carbon sequestration thanks to the mobilization of those involved in agroecological value chains
  • Qu Dongyu, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization
  • Brian Moynihan, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of America
  • Karim Ait Talb, Deputy General Manager of Geocoton and co-founder of IAM Africa
  • Philippe Zaouati, CEO of Mirova
The time for action
  • Mohamed Ould Cheikh el Ghazouani, President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania
  • Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic

One Planet Summit for the biodiversity

Opening by One Planet Summit founding partners
  • Emmanuel MACRON, President of the French Republic
  • António GUTERRES, Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • David MALPASS, President of the World Bank Group
  • HAN Zheng, Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China
  • Prince Charles, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales
Session 1 – Protect marine and terrestrial areas
  • Cristián SAMPER, President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Carlos ALVARADO QUESADA, President of the Republic of Costa Rica
  • Giuseppe CONTE, President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic
  • Prince ALBERT II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco
  • Pedro SANCHEZ, President of the Government of the Kingdom of Spain
  • Gilles SIMEONI, President of the Islands Commission of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of the European Union
Session 2 – Promoting agro-ecology - Round Table on Great Green Wall
  • Mohamed Ould CHEIKH EL GHAZOUANI, President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania
  • David MALPASS, President of the World Bank Group
  • Gilbert HOUNGBO, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development
  • Karim AIT TALB, Deputy General Manager, Geocoton
  • Testimony from Mariam SOW, co-founder, 3AO Alliance Agro-ecology West Africa
  • Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission
  • Charles MICHEL, President of the European Council

Session 3 - Mobilizing finance for biodiversity - Round table on financing

  • Erna SOLBERG, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway
  • Justin TRUDEAU, Prime Minister of Canada
  • Boris JOHNSON, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Christine LAGARDE, President of the European Central Bank
  • Jean-Pascal TRICOIRE, Chairman & CEO, Schneider Electric
Session 4 – Protecting tropical forests, species and human health

Forests, biodiversity and our health
  • Angela MERKEL, Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany
One Health
  • Tedros Adhanom GHEBREYESUS, Director-General of the World Health Organization
  • QU Dongyu, Director general of the Food and Agriculture Organization
Round Table on Deforestation
  • Félix TSHISEKEDI, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Mark RUTTE, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Pascal CANFIN, Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, European Parliament
  • Marco LAMBERTINI, Director-General of WWF International

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