One of the main outcomes of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012, was the agreement by Member States to launch a process to develop a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs). The goals should address in a balanced way all three dimensions of sustainable development and be coherent with and integrated into the UN development agenda beyond 2015.
A 30-member Open Working Group (OWG) of the General Assembly, established in January 2013, is tasked with preparing a proposal on the SDGs.
DIVERSITAS participated in two sessions of this OWG addressing the following topics:
- Oceans and seas, forests, biodiversity (8th session, 3-7 Feb. 2014, New-York) - Sustainable cities and human settlements (7th session, 6-10 Jan. 2014, New-York)
In preparation of these sessions, the DIVERSITAS community published two position papers:
In addition, during these two sessions, DIVERSITAS, as part of the ICSU delegation representing the Science and Technology Major Group, gave a plenary address (J Lubchenco on Oceans and Seas, Biodiversity and Forests) and delivered several statements.
DIVERSITAS represented GEO BON at the Group of Earth Observation Plenary session X, 15-17 January 2014, Geneva, Switzerland.
The main topics discussed at GEO-X were the future of GEOSS, the approval of the vision for GEO 2025, and providing guidance on the development of the GEOSS implementation plan 2015-2025. DIVERSITAS delivered a statement providing the perspective of the scientific community to these discussions. The main outcome of the ministerial segment is the Geneva declaration.
In addition, Switzerland and GEO BON, in conjunction with GEO X, organised a Day on Biodiversity observationon 14th January 2014, to raise awareness of the importance of the GEO biodiversity and ecosystem services activities. As part of the outcomes, meeting participants gave recommendations to the GEO-X Plenary.
DIVERSITAS at IPBES-2 (Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services)
DIVERSITAS represented ICSU at the second plenary of IPBES, on 9-14th Dec. 2013 in Antalya, Turkey.
DIVERSITAS, for ICSU, co-chaired with IUCN, the Stakeholder Days on 7-8 Dec. This stakeholder consultation was very well attended with participants from various organisations such as indigenous people and local communities, delegates from IPBES Members, scientific organisations, conservation NGOs (More information on the meeting). ICSU also co-organised a side event on the Stakeholder Engagement Strategy and the outcomes of the Stakeholders Days on 9 Dec. (See flyer).
During the Plenary session, DIVERSITAS delivered a number of plenary statements on key aspects of IPBES including the rules and procedures, the IPBES conceptual framework, and work programme 2014-2018.
Concrete achievements included the adoption of the IPBES institutional arrangements between FAO, UNDP, UNEP and UNESCO; the IPBES conceptual framework, the work programme 2014-2018 including the initial scoping for three fast-track assessments on:
- Pollination and pollinators associated with food production, - Models and scenarios for biodiversity and ecosystem services, and - Value, valuation and accounting of biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Delegates, on the other hand, did not finalise the procedures for the preparation of the Platform’s deliverables, the Stakeholder Engagement Strategy, and collaborative partnership arrangement.
An important outcome of the meeting was the announcement of the nomination of Anne Larigauderie on 13th December, former DIVERSITAS Executive Director, as the IPBES Executive Secretary. The DIVERSITAS community congratulates Anne, and sends her its best wishes.
More information on the ICSU contribution to IPBES-2 here.
DIVERSITAS and its community are deeply committed to developing a science for global sustainability based on the recognition of the importance of, and different values of biodiversity and ecosystem services. DIVERSITAS Scientific Committee and projects are actively involved in implementing the Future Earth Initial Design Strategy, released in November 2013.
Many activities took place during the last months:
Eco-Evol workshop of bioGENESIS & bioDISCOVERY: Improving models of species rangeshifts
The 4th joint workshop of the Eco-Evol initiative of bioDISCOVERY and bioGENESIS at the sDIV in Leipzig was a success - participants found it stimulating, and were excited about the prospects of further collaborations focused on integrating theory, experiments and models of species range shifts under climate change.
Ecosystem services and human health - awareness and attitudes survey
The aim of this survey is to gain a clearer view of the where and how human health perspectives are addressed by people working in the field of ecosystem services research, policy and practice. The survey will run until Friday 14th February 2014.
DIVERSITAS - bioSUSTAINABILITY book: scientific analysis & assessment of cities
Elmqvist T, Fragkias M, Goodness J, Güneralp B, Marcotullio PJ, McDonald RI, Parnell S, Schewenius M, Sendstad M, Seto KC and Wilkinson C. 2013. Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities - A Global Assessment. Springer. New York. 755p.