At the at the Biodiversity PreCOP 15 CBD High-level event hosted by Colombia, representatives of three political coalitions endorsed by 116 countries – the Leaders’ Pledge for Nature, the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People and the Global Ocean Alliance have joined forces to reaffirm the urgency of reversing biodiversity loss by 2030 to address the interdependent crises of biodiversity loss, ecosystem degradation and climate change and achieve sustainable development.
The science is clear: one million species are at risk of extinction and irreversible cascading tipping points in the Earth system might be passed within decades. The “Leaders Pledge for Nature”, the “High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People” and the “Global Ocean Alliance” have emerged to mobilize action and support for the protection and restoration of nature as a crucial contribution to address the planetary emergency. Since 2019, these three political coalitions, comprised and supported by hundreds of participants from governments and nonstate actors, have been critical to build the momentum needed for the adoption of an ambitious, effective, and transformational post-2020 global biodiversity framework at the COP15, to be celebrated virtually from 11 to 15 October 2021 and virtually from 25 April to 8 May 2022.
The three political coalitions are promoting specific and complementary objectives to protect, conserve, restore and sustainably use biodiversity, based on robust scientific evidence and traditional knowledge, including: the scaling-up of nature-based solutions and ecosystem based approaches, and circular economy to accelerate the transition to sustainable growth; a green recovery to the COVID-19 pandemic; the deployment of financial and non-financial means of implementation from all sources; the integration of a “one health” approach into relevant decision making processes; strengthening synergies with other conventions and sectors; and ending illicit threats to nature and crimes that affect the environment. In particular, the coalitions have also committed to significantly increase the protection of the planet’s land and ocean, with the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People and the Global Ocean Alliance having a special focus on the aim to protect and conserve at least 30% of the global land and at least 30% of the global ocean by 2030.
In the statement, signatories state:
We, representatives of at least one of the three coalitions – the “Leaders Pledge for Nature”, the “High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People” and/or the “Global Ocean Alliance”, endorsed by 116 world leaders and governments, state our determination to work together towards COP15 to translate our joint commitments into concrete agreements in the Global Biodiversity Framework in order to ensure transformative action on the ground and to find constructive solutions to overcome divergences in the negotiation process;
Urge all governments to join our Coalitions to ensure the highest ambition in the upcoming negotiations and implement the commitments included in the Leaders’ Pledge for Nature.
There is no time to lose: we need fast and deep transformative change of a type never before attempted. Falling short on our endeavor is not an option.