Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, set the European context of leadership on sustainable development and the need to engage partners and organizations, working together in and out of the EU and within member states, to achieve the high ambition of Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement processes moving forward.
He mentioned that we should not forget the EU funds and reminded us that the forum's host city of Sfoia gets its naturally purified water from two protected areas - Rila National Park and Vitosha Nature Park.
Watch his complete speech here.
"The science has never been clearer – it is telling us that human activities are pushing the planet and its natural systems to the edge", said Marco Lambertini, Director-General, WWF International in a video message to the 'Economy for a Living Planet' forum's guests.
In a video message Pascal Canfin, CEO of WWF-France, presented the work of the European offices of WWF together with the European Commission and key partners on transforming the financial system to enable significant investment in green economy innovations and solutions.
Marco Lambertini, Director-General, WWF International, video message
Pascal Canfin, CEO, WWF-France, video message
Deon Nel, Global Conservation Director, WWF-International
Vesselina Kavrakova, Country Head, WWF-Bulgaria
Demetres Karavellas, CEO, WWF-Greece
Guido Broekhoven, Regional Manager China-Africa Trade, WWF-EPO
Julio Tresierra, WWF-Netherlands
Emily McKenzie, WWF-UK and WWF-US, Natural Capital Project
Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, video message
Ognyan Zlatev, Head of the European Commission Representation in Bulgaria
Takayoshi Kato, Policy Analyst at OECD
Philippe Pypaert, Programme Specialist, Science Unit, UNESCO
Ana Bachurova, Policy & Climate Finance Associate, Energy Efficiency & Climate Change team, EBRD
Luca Etter, Senior Policy Advisor, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation - SDC
Toma Belev, Programme ‘Linking Nature Protection and Sustainable Rural Development’
Kalin Klassanov, Co-Founder & CEO of Roo'bar
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