A new key biodiversity platform for cross sectoral collaboration
For its inaugural launch, World Biodiversity Summit will help define what world leaders and the private sector in biodiversity and climate action need to do in the medium and long term to achieve sustainable development and hinder further biodiversity loss, focusing on partnerships and investment mechanisms as levers of progress. World Biodiversity Summit is a platform for responding to accelerating biodiversity loss, by using the Paris Agreement as a framework to learn from, promoting relevant solutions, innovations, and leadership networks, strengthening nature restoration and conservation. Nature-based solutions will be highlighted, from specificecosystems to global possibilities.
COVID-19 has taught us that untimely action, inadequate cooperation amongst and across sectors, and insufficient funding might lead to catastrophic consequences. The Global Biosecurity Forum complements existing initiatives in order to expand capacity to address these issues by leveraging our expertise in facilitating public-private partnerships and coalition building.
Estimates show that the costs of preventing the next pandemic represent only 2% of the total costs of the COVID-19 pandemic over the next 10 years. This builds on increased international collaboration amongst public and private sector stakeholders, better policy frameworks and better information sharing to improve detection, identification and prevention of future disease outbreaks.
The science indicates a strong link between climate change and biodiversity loss, and similarly there is a strong link between biodiversity loss and the emergence of infectious diseases. Thus, the recovery from the current pandemic provides a strong platform to discuss the interconnection of these issues as part of a bigger resilience debate.