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October 2020 Defining and achieving a post-2020 ambition: Insights from a conversation in Tokyo Aleksandar Rankovic, Didier Babin

Key messages What could be the post-2020 ambition? A strong focus on sustainable use of biodiversity everywhere and on addressing the drivers of biodiversity loss, accompanied with reinforced area-based measures, strong accountability mechanisms, and concrete commitments of all non-state actors concerned by actual transformative changes.   Strengthening cooperation among the biodiversity-related conventions, between the Rio […]

October 2020 Reconciling recovery and sustainability on the ground: the role of subnational public development banks Maria Alejandr…, Sergio Gusmão …, Cinthia Helena…, Adauto Modesto…

Thinking local, acting global A recent study published by the OECD estimated that 65% of the 169 targets underlying the 17 SDGs will not be reached without proper engagement of and coordination with local and regional governments.1 Furthermore, the Covid-19 crisis has been a strong reminder of the integrated and interconnected nature of the common […]

October 2020 Regional Ocean Governance of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction Glen Wright, Julien Rochette

Extract Ongoing initiatives aiming to strengthen governance of ABNJ through cooperation at the regional level include: The “Collective Arrangement for the North-East Atlantic” The Sargasso Sea Commission The Pelagos Sanctuary for Mediterranean Marine Mammals The Antarctic Treaty System (ATS) Cooperation through Regional Fisheries Management Organisations Read the Spanish version

October 2020 High Hopes for the High Seas: beyond the package deal towards an ambitious treaty Glen Wright, Klaudija Cremers, Julien Rochette, Nichola Clark, Daniel C. Dunn, Kristina M. Gjerde, Harriet Harden…, Essam Mohammed, Guillermo Ortu…

Key messages: States at the United Nations are currently negotiating a treaty to conserve and sustainably manage marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction. In order to safeguard ocean health, States and stakeholders should cooperate to conclude an ambitious, effective and equitable treaty with strong global oversight. Negotiations are based on a ‘package deal’ of […]

October 2020 The Beijing Call for Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Change: an essential political impetus Sébastien Treyer

This impetus is all the more important as during the New York Summit on Climate Action last September, the major emitting countries did not exercise their political leadership, in particular the European Union, China and India; they were expected though, but each individually delayed by internal political processes, and collectively as each country or region […]

October 2020 Review of the High-Level Political Forum: towards a pivotal institution coordinating the Decade of Action and Delivery Elisabeth Hege, Lucien Chabason, Damien Barchiche

Key Messages The presentation of Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) is a centerpiece of the HLPF and the number of countries willing to submit to the exercise is encouraging. However, several improvements could be made to reinforce accountability and increase the chances that this exercise actually helps driving additional national action, such as giving a peer […]

October 2020 Just transitions for the coal sector are going mainstream, but policies also need to strengthened Oliver Sartor

The transition from coal is gathering momentum As of late 2018, 30 national governments, 22 sub-national governments and 28 businesses had committed to phase out coal by 2030, under the Powering Past Coal Alliance. Nonetheless, a common critique was that these governments only accounted for about 3% of global coal consumption. But, in the last […]

October 2020 Operationalising the Paris Agreement Transparency Framework beyond Katowice Alexandra Deprez

To understand its importance, we could view the Transparency Framework negotiation process as a three-step collective construction of a house: (1) at COP21, Parties reached agreement on the fundamental structural elements (listed in Article 13 of the Agreement), (2) at COP24, they concurred on the specific construction materials to be used (the Katowice Rulebook’s Transparency […]

October 2020 The IPCC report on land: what’s at stake? Pierre-Marie Aubert

This report, released to little fanfare during the quiet summer period, analyses the interactions between climate change and the so-called “land sector”, which includes agriculture, forestry, pastoralism1, etc. There are two reasons why this sector is a major climate challenge. On one hand, the land sector is one of the most directly affected by climate […]

October 2020 COP14 on desertification: a land agenda that advances in the interest of climate, biodiversity and people Marie-Hélène Schwoob

The subjects of negotiation of the UNCCD, which emerged at the 1992 Earth Summit alongside the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), are likely to affect nearly half of the world’s land surface and population. Desertification is all too often wrongly associated with deserts, such as […]