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17-29 NOVEMBER 2018, EGYPT


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“The world needs to wake up to the risks of biodiversity loss. All stakeholders; business, government and people, need to act now if we are to have any hope of creating a sustainable future for all and a New Deal for Nature and People in 2020. For this to happen, we need a cohesive vision and strong political will - something COP14 has unfortunately lacked.”

Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International

A New Deal for Nature and People

Recently released, WWF's Living Planet Report 2018  provides unequivocal evidence of the declining state of the planet. It highlights the need to urgently bend the curve on biodiversity and nature loss, if we are to have any hope of ensuring a sustainable future for global wildlife, ecosystems and people. 

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is the first global agreement to cover all aspects of biological diversity. It has 196 party members.

In 2010, the parties collectively agreed to implement 20 targets to protect and preserve biodiversity on earth. We are 2 years away from the 2020 deadline that was put in place for many of these goals to be achieved, and in many cases the goals will not be met.

Most countries have failed. Many countries don’t have the resources to implement these targets and the lack of accountability and monitoring has contributed to the failure to implement these targets.

The window of opportunity for us to make decisions towards a positive, sustainable future is closing fast. “Business as Usual” isn't working. We need to act now if we are going to stop the loss of nature and ultimately restore it.

We are in desperate need of a turning point, a New Deal for Nature and People by 2020, to put society on a pathway to halting biodiversity loss by 2030.

This film, produced in collaboration with the CBD, premiered at CBD CoP14 in Egypt. It reinforces our position that biodiversity and ecosystems are the fundamental infrastructure that support all forms of life on Earth, that they play a key role in providing natural services and in underpinning economic growth and sustainable development, and that human health depends on biodiversity in multiple ways.


UN Biodiversity Conference agrees on a process towards a New Deal for Nature and People in 2020 but ambition is weak

WWF Closing Press Release

Sharm-El-Sheikh, 29 November, 2018: The 14th Conference of the Parties (COP14) of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) ended today with an agreement on the preparatory process for a post-2020 global framework, moving us closer to a transformational New Deal for Nature and People in 2020 - a vital step to ramp up global efforts to halt today’s unprecedented and dangerous biodiversity loss. This sets the stage for governments to show leadership and reinforce their commitment to conserving natural systems that sustain Earth’s vital diversity of life and also provide invaluable goods and services essential for the well-being of people and the planet. The new deal must halt biodiversity loss whilst being fair and respectful of the rights of all parties, especially developing economies, indigenous peoples and local communities and those defending the web of life on the front line.

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  • Sharm-El-Sheikh Declaration: Although positive, we think we need much higher commitment to halt biodiversity loss.
  • The Sharm-El-Sheikh to Beijing Nature Action Agenda promoting a New Deal for Nature and People was announced. “The Agenda will enable a paradigm shift in the human-nature relationship: from abuse and neglect to respect, value and sustainability,”. It will be a platform for multiple stakeholders, including governments and businesses to come together to discuss and confirm commitments to halt the decline of biodiversity and restore nature for the benefit of people and the planet. We are committed to supporting this process.  

Why we need a New Deal for Nature and People to achieve the SDGs

With this year's UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) to review the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) starting next week, it's timely to reflect on some critical aspects regarding the need for integration in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, from both a pragmatic standpoint as well as a conceptual one.

Time for a new deal for nature and people - Climate and Energy blog

The statistics are sobering: in just two generations, the population sizes of vertebrates tracked in WWF's benchmark Living Planet report have declined an average of 60 per cent. In a little over 40 years, humankind has had a devastating impact on the planet's biodiversity, through habitat destruction, pollution and over-exploitation.

How our food system is eating away at nature, and our future

As you eat your next meal, ask yourself if you really know what you're eating - not just the ingredients or where they came from, but what has gone into them. How much land was needed? How much water was used? How much energy was required?

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: It's time for a New Deal for Nature and People | Sustainability

In this important piece by the Director General of WWF International Marco Lambertini, we hear an increasingly urgent call to stop the destruction of the worlds ecosystems on which our health and prosperity depend. We must find the way to do collectively what we know individually is the right and only thing to do.

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