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Wed, 23 June


Online Summit

ABBI presents Pre COP Australian Summit I The Road to the UN Biodiversity Conference

COP26 isn’t the only global environmental event happening in 2021. Register to hear how Australia is preparing for the “biodiversity COP"

ABBI presents Pre COP Australian Summit I The Road to the UN Biodiversity Conference
ABBI presents Pre COP Australian Summit I The Road to the UN Biodiversity Conference

Time & Location

23 June 2021, 8:30 am – 25 June 2021, 12:30 pm

Online Summit

About the event

 2021 has been dubbed by environmental organisations as a ‘Super Year For Nature’ due to these major meetings and decision-making moments coinciding.

As a ‘sister’ conference to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) COP15 is being held from 11 to 24 October 2021, in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China. It exists to ensure: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of the components of biological diversity and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilisation of genetic resources.

This COP is the most important UN Biodiversity Conference in this decade as countries are expected to agree on a Post-2020 Global Framework for Biodiversity and new targets for protecting biodiversity.  Business is also expected to play a new and expanded role in implementing key outcomes from the negotiations.On the domestic front we also have Australia's Strategy for Nature 2019-2030, the overarching framework by which Australia enacts its obligations under the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, and the national policy umbrella for all biodiversity related efforts in Australia. What can be done to inspire and ensure action on the ground in Australia? Hosted by the Australian Business and Biodiversity Initiative, Australia’s business partner to the CBD, this unique Virtual Summit spread across 3 days with international and Australian speakers will look at the role and actions that the Australian community can take to ensure we reach a meaningful agreement. Crucially it will explore what government, business and community commitments should be made and how can they be achieved, and what tools and resources are available to reach those possible outcomes.  

Summit Overview

23 June I 08:30am - 09:30 I COP15 The Big Picture I CBD COP 15 will review the achievement and delivery of the CBD’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. It is also anticipated that the final decision on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework will be taken, together with decisions on related topics including capacity building and resource mobilization. 

24 June I 09:00 - 10:30 & 11:00 - 12:30 I  Mainstreaming Biodiversity I There is a clear call that to make businesses part of the solution, it is essential for the corporate decision-makers to gain comprehensive insights into both the impacts and the dependencies of their products and the processes on natural capital throughout their value chain. Hear from Speakers from Food & Agriculture, Consumer, Chemicals, Property & Construction, Resources, Finance and Forestry.

25 June I 09:00 - 10:30 & 11:00 - 12:30 I Post 2020 Framework building blocks I  The post pandemic recovery offers an opportunity for communities to integrate biodiversity into policies to strengthen resilience and human development. The current zero draft of the post 2020 framework  applies a “theory of change” approach, which requires transformative actions to put in place tools and solutions for implementation, mainstreaming of biodiversity into productive sectors and, eventually, conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. What actions could Australians commit to and propose to create the enabling conditions and adequate means of implementation, including financial resources, capacity, and technology.  You will hear Speakers from: Accounting, Framework Development, Research & Technology, Community, Government, Indigenous & Youth

Speakers confirmed

  • Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity will open the Summit at 8:30am 23 June 2021.
  • Rosemary Bissett, National Australia Bank
  • Mark Gough, Capitals Coalition
  • Radha Kuppalli, New Forests
  • Anissa Lawrence, Tierra Mar Consulting
  • Victoria Marles, Trust for Nature
  • Anika Molesworth, Farmers for Climate Action
  • Rachel Morgain, NESP
  • Blaise Porter, Fujitsu
  • Matthew Warnken, Agriprove
  • Eva Zabey, Executive Director, Business 4 Nature

More speakers to follow.

Once registered to a Session you will receive a link to the Zoom Webinar Registration page to get the unique link to the Event.

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