A One Planet Summit for Biodiversity
The global health crisis of the COVID 19 came as a dramatic reminder of the importance of Nature for our daily lives and economies: biodiversity is our life insurance. Yet, the damage to ecosystems is unprecedented and will have major consequences on our lifestyles in the decades to come.
Reversing this trend is a major challenge for the coming decade: we need to rethink our entire relationship with nature. It is a major social and economic challenge that will require a profound transformation of value chains, our business models and our consumption habits, to put an end to the destructive production models of living things.
This global challenge requires concerted action at all levels (international, national, local) and by all actors (governments, international organizations, businesses, associations, citizens, etc.).
To contribute to this, France will organize, in cooperation with the United Nations and the World Bank, a 'One Planet Summit' for biodiversity on January 11, 2021 in Paris. It will be an opportunity to raise the level of ambition of the international community on the protection of nature, while responding to the new questions raised by the crisis.
OPS's ambition will be to participate in the construction of a dynamic of political mobilization in the international sequence leading up to COP15. By showing that it is possible to act for the preservation of the planet, we will contribute to creating the conditions for an ambitious agreement in Kunming.
This event will bring together heads of state and government as well as leaders of international organizations, financial institutions, the business sector and NGOs, all ready to make commitments for concrete action to preserve and restore biodiversity, to make strong new announcements and to launch transformational initiatives for nature.
Four key themes for the preservation of life have been chosen.
The protection of terrestrial and marine ecosystems is an essential pillar of action in favour of biodiversity. Protected areas, and the conservation of the species that live there, play a key role in the protection and restoration of biodiversity and will be a determining factor in achieving a reversal of the current trend.
The promotion of agro-ecology makes it possible to protect the diversity of ecosystems by reducing pollution while allowing more job creation and acting for food security. The summit will focus on accelerating the implementation of the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel.
The mobilization of funding for biodiversity is committed, particularly with new commitments of innovative funding and initiatives to direct more public and private investment towards projects for the protection, sustainable management and restoration of ecosystems or the necessary convergence of public funding for climate and biodiversity.
Finally, the link between deforestation, species and human health is in the spotlight. The summit will make it possible to work better together to prevent future pandemics, through the fight against deforestation and the prevention of risks related to our contact with wild species.
Three years after the launch of the One Planet Summit, a movement is underway
“Let's not wait until it's too late to act!” This was the motto of the first One Planet Summit held on December 12, 2017 at the initiative of the President of the French Republic, the Secretary General of the United Nations, and the President of the World Bank Group.
Three years and three summits later, some forty coalitions and very concrete initiatives have been created. The organizations that carry them have committed themselves to achieving specific objectives and to reporting on them.
- 3 "One Planet" summits since 2017;
- 121 countries involved in the coalitions;
- 5 public-private partnerships set up to mobilize more than $2 billion to finance the transition in developing countries ($472M available to date);
- 308 concrete research projects conducted by 3305 researchers worldwide.
The alignment of companies and financial players with the objectives of the Paris Agreement is progressing, thanks in particular to the One Planet initiative.
Since 2017, more and more economic players have made concrete and measurable commitments to reduce their climate impact and protect the planet. The initiatives launched by OPS have played a major role in this global movement.
- Twice as many financial actors are involved in OPS-supported initiatives, for example: 77 central banks and supervisory authorities around the world are implementing methods to integrate climate risk; more than 1,500 organizations support TCFD's Corporate Climate Accountability Guidelines, already more than a third of the largest private companies publish information in line with TCFD's recommendations.
- More than half of the 160 most polluting companies, the targets of the Climate Action 100+ campaign, have made short-term commitments to adopt an economic model compatible with the Paris Agreements.
- 118 companies operating internationally have committed to act in favor of biodiversity and to transform their production processes and value chains.
Concrete impacts for actors in the field
Each edition of OPS is an opportunity to identify and accelerate transformational initiatives and funding for climate, biodiversity and oceans solutions. All of these projects make it possible to limit the negative impacts of our economies on the environment, but also to make very concrete improvements in the living conditions of the beneficiaries, particularly in developing countries. Two examples to illustrate this:
- The Land Degradation Neutrality initiative is emblematic of an innovative approach to public-private financing for the restoration of natural capital. It has already avoided the emission of 12 million tons of CO2 through the restoration of 80,000 hectares of agricultural land. At the same time, its projects are improving farmers' living conditions locally.
In Kenya, it finances the Komaza program, which enables small farmers to develop a sustainable micro-forestry activity that helps regenerate local flora and fauna while providing them with an income.
- The DeSIRA applied research program funds the field activities of more than 3,000 researchers, accelerating agricultural and food systems transition in 75 countries. In Bangladesh, its Artemia project is creating a circular economy between salt production and marine aquaculture, two sectors previously developed in a dissociated and under-efficient manner. Artemia, the basis for the feeding of marine aquaculture species, is now endemically developed in the salt pans, generating year-round income for smallholders at the same time.
Next One Planet Summit in Paris January 11th
The COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed global perspectives for 2020, not to mention our own personal lives. This health crisis, one of the most severe in the modern era, quickly became economic and societal, putting our ability to collectively respond in a coordinated manner to the test. n, September 2020, UNGA (see the speech)
24th October 2019 - One Planet Event met in Paris in collaboration with GCF - WATCH EVENT
One month after the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit, the Green Climate Fund’s (GCF) High-Level Pledging Conference is a critical step for climate action and global commitment to the Paris Agreement. On 24th October 2019, the One Planet Event with GCF sought to explore synergies between OPS and GCF, as well as their unique sets of partners, to scale up innovative climate finance to help communities and countries at the frontline of climate change.
One Planet Summit in Nairobi: Africa Pledge
Taking place on March 14th 2019, the Summit brought together high-level officials, CEOs and inspiring voices from youth, and civil society to showcase concrete achievements and breakthrough initiatives, and trigger new coalitions and commitments. The participants announced the Africa Pledge, a serie of commitments to develop renewable energies and to protect biodiversity in Africa.
Six African countries launch a global initiative on investment mobilization in the context of the International Solar Alliance.
Benin, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Mali, Niger and Togo have officially launched a global initiative on investment mobilization in the context of the International Solar Alliance (ISA). The initiative is part of the ISA Program “Affordable finance at scale” and all ISA members willing to join are encouraged to rally it.
At One Planet Summit, African leaders commit to raise up to USD 1.4 billion to finance clean infrastructure projects in Africa
On the occasion of the One Planet Summit, H.E.M. Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President of the Republic of Nigeria and Patron to the AfroChampions Initiative, announced the creation of an international coalition of public and private stakeholders to fast-track sub-national sustainable infrastructure on the African Continent. Over the next 4 years, the Sub-national Climate Fund Africa (SnCF Africa) will first commit up to USD 350 million, mobilizing private co-investment to reach up to a total of USD 1.4 billion, in partnership with African sovereign wealth Funds, Afreximbank, and private investors from the AfroChampions Initiative. This major step forward in climate finance, implemented by R20 Regions of Climate Action and BlueOrchard Finance, with support from the European Union and the Global Covenant of Mayors (GCOM), is expected to further innovative clean tech and low-carbon projects in Africa while providing this rapidly urbanizing continent with an ambitious roadmap to cleaner growth.
One Planet Summit: IDFC Green Finance Mapping for 2017
The International Development Finance Club (IDFC) doubled its commitment up to US$ 200 billion to contribute to fight against Climate Change and align with the Paris Climate Agreement.
The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy
The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy - Introduces Innovate4Cities: A Cities-Driven Research and Innovation Agenda and Partnership with Google to Empower Cities Tackling Climate Change
One Planet Summit 2018: Europe sustains its leadership on climate action
The European Commission is at the One Planet Summit in New York to present to global leaders the progress made on the ambitious initiatives it revealed in Paris last year.