One of the main outcomes of the Rio+20 Conference was the agreement by Member States to launch a process to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will build upon the Millennium Development Goals. The SDGs are expected to provide the international framework of the new international architecture for sustainable development and are critical for pursuing focused and coherent action on sustainable development.
At Rio+20 Member States also recognized the need for global, integrated and scientifically based information on sustainable development. As a result Member States mandated the intergovernmental high-level political forum (HLPF) to “strengthen the science-policy interface as well as to enhance evidence-based decision-making at all levels”. The final report of the Secretary General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability detailed the importance of basing sustainable development policy-making on the best and most up-to-date evidence. An Expert Group Meeting on the science-policy interface is being convened 5 September 2013 to discuss what would be the best ways to strengthen the science-policy interface in order to make policy decision-making more evidence-based.
Member States also reaffirmed the value of biodiversity and its critical role in maintaining ecosystems services that are foundations for sustainable development and human wellbeing. They also recognized the severity of global loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystems undermining global development, affecting food security, and nutrition, the provision of and access to water and human health. They called for urgent actions that effectively reduce the rate of, halt and reverse the loss of biodiversity, and reaffirmed the importance of the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
Furthermore, Member States took note of the establishment of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), and invited an early commencement of its work, in order to provide the best available policy-relevant information on biodiversity to assist decision makers.
Ensuring that biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides are properly incorporated into the SDGs will provide an important opportunity to mainstream biodiversity and balance the need to halt biodiversity loss with the right to development.
To ensure this important opportunity is not missed the biodiversity community must identify development opportunities that recognise the true values of biodiversity and building on the MDGs, the most important goals, targets and indicators to the SDG process. This endeavour needs to be sustained, such as through building capacities for a strengthened science policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services.
The High Level Forum on Biodiversity and Development Post 2015 will aim to advance the efforts of halting biodiversity loss and securing our well-being through discussing ways and means to mobilize solutions and empower actions towards achieving the development agenda and highlighting key goals and targets. The subsequent Informal Consultation on IPBES and capacity building will aim to build further understanding and hopefully a convergence of views on how capacity building could and should be addressed in the context of IPBES.
|09.00 am – 09.30 am
||Registration of Delegates
|09.30 am – 10.00 am
||Arrival of VVIP
|10.00 am – 10.15 am
||Welcoming Remarks by Prof Emeritus Dato’ Sri Dr Zakri Abdul Hamid
Science Advisor to Prime Minister of Malaysia and Chair,
Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
|10.15 am – 10.30 am
||Opening Remark by Representative of The Government of Norway
|10.30 am – 11.00 am
||Keynote Address and Officiating of The High Level Forum on Biodiversity and
Development Post 2015 by The Honourable Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin
Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia
|11.00 am – 12.50 pm
||High-level Panel Discussions
|12.50 pm – 01.00 pm
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