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.