Conference programme

Tuesday July 2.

  • Session 1
    • Welcome and orientation

      This session will set the overall ‘tone’ for the meeting, identifying key issues and setting out how those issues will be addressed during the conference. In particular the CBD Executive Secretary will speak to the 2050 vision and the post-2020 process and its needs, the IPBES Executive Secretary will speak on the science-policy interface and the contribution of assessments such as those of IPBES, and the conference co-chairs will set out the aims, objectives and working methods of the conference, as well as the expected outputs.

      The session will be chaired by the conference co-chairs, Nina Vik and Finn Katerås.

    • 09:00 – 09:10

      Welcome to Trondheim/Tråante

      • Ola Lund Renolen, Deputy Mayor of Trondheim
      • Henrik Olsen, Council Member, Saami Parliament
    • 09:10 – 09:50

      Opening addresses

      • Ola Elvestuen, Minister of Climate and Environment, Norway
      • Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Minister of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia
      • Zhai Quing, Vice Minister of Ecology and Environment, China
      • Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UN Environment (tbc)
    • 09:50 – 10:20

      Keynote introductions

      • Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
      • Anne Larigauderie, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
      • Johan Rockström, Professor in Earth System Science, University of Potsdam, and Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research - PIK (tbc)
    • 10:20 – 10:30

      Orientation

      • Conference co-chairs Nina Vik and Finn Katerås
    • 10:30 – 11:00

      Coffee break

  • Session 2
    • Setting the stage – understanding where we are heading and what this implies

      This session will focus on the key findings from recent global, regional and thematic assessments, focusing in particular on the implications of the findings for development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. Focus will be on what the challenges are and what needs to change in order to respond to key drivers of biodiversity loss and achieve the 2050 vision. The aim of the session is to help build a common understanding amongst participants of these assessment findings and their implications for development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

      The session will be chaired by Ivar Baste, Project Manager in the Norwegian Environment Agency.

    • 11:00 – 11:30

      Learning how the findings of the IPBES Global Assessment can be used to inform development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, through consideration of key issues to address, and the opportunities and challenges for decision makers. The presentation will be given by the three co-chairs of the IPBES Global Assessment.

      • Sandra Diaz, Professor, CONICET - Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina
      • Eduardo Sonnewend Brondizio, Professor, Indiana University, USA
      • Josef Settele, Professor, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Germany
    • 11:30 – 11:45

      Exploring the implications of regional differences, through consideration of the commonalities and differences among the findings of the four IPBES regional assessments on biodiversity and ecosystem services completed in 2018

      • Luthando Dziba, Head Conservation Services, South African National Parks (SANParks), South Africa
    • 11:45 – 12:00

      Key findings relevant to biodiversity and ecosystem services of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.

    • 12:00 – 13:00

      Moderated panel discussion on recent key assessments and their findings, including how the findings of the different assessments relate. The aim being to understand the body of evidence and how it is relevant to developing the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. Key assessments include the State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture from the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, the Global Resources Outlook from the International Resource Panel, the Global Environmental Outlook from UN Environment and the World Ocean Assessment from the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment. In addition to the speakers on the IPBES and IPCC assessments, the panel will consist of the following:

      • Irene Hoffmann, Secretary of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations - FAO
      • Joyeeta Gupta, Professor, Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research of the University of Amsterdam and IHE Institute for Water Education, the Netherlands, co-chair of UN Environment's Global Environmental Outlook-6 (tbc)
      • Izabella Teixeira, expert in environmental management, impact assessment and licensing, Brazil, former Minister of the Environment in Brazil and co-chair of the International Resource Panel
      • Jake Rice, Chief Scientist – Emeritus, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canada, coordinator of the Biodiversity Section of the World Ocean Assessment and author of the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.
    • 13:00 – 14:15

      Lunch

  • Session 3
    • Setting the stage – further developing the vision of where we need to be

      This session focuses on the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity of “Living in harmony with nature”, and on encouraging participants to consider the future that they want to see, and what changes might be necessary in current behaviours in order to achieve this. In doing so the session will draw on scenario and transformative change discussions that have already taken place in the context of the Convention, in addition to building on discussion in the previous session with respect to the implications of assessment findings and the options for change. It is hoped that this session may lead to broader understanding of a ‘theory of change’ for achieving the 2050 vision. The final part will be an interactive session to get participants thinking and discussing amongst themselves.


      The session will be chaired by Nina Vik, who is one of the two conference co-chairs.

    • 14:15 – 14:35

      Presentation on securing environmentally safe and socially just space for living in harmony with nature.

      • David Nabarro, Professor of Global Health, Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London, Strategic Director, 4SD Leadership Mentoring, and co-facilitator for the nature-based solutions workstream for the UN Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit
    • 14:35 – 14:55

      Bending the curve of biodiversity loss and taking a positive approach to address negative trends.

      • Mike Barrett, Executive Director of Conservation and Science, World Wildlife Fund UK, United Kingdom
    • 14:55 – 15:15

      Introductions to the interactive visioning exercise, including a brief introduction to the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity

      • Natasha Walker (facilitator)
    • 15:15 – 16:00

      Interactive exercise on visioning the future through round table discussions.

    • 16:00 – 16:30

      Coffee break

    • 16:30 – 18:00

      Interactive exercise on visioning the future through round table discussions continues.

    • 19:00 – 21:00

      Reception hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment, Scandic Lerkendal Hotel (conference venue)

    Wednesday July 3.

  • Session 4
    • Achieving change - moving away from business as usual

      The purpose of this session is to consider what we are already doing - and what more can be done – to move away from ‘business as usual,’ which has not been sufficiently successful in delivering on the Aichi Targets. Such considerations will help us identify what more needs to be done in developing and implementing the post-2020 global biodiversity framework in order to make success more achievable.

      The session will be chaired by Malta Qwathekana, who is Senior Policy Adviser in the Department of Environmental Affairs of South Africa.

    • 09:00 – 09:15

      Presentation on "understanding transformational and systemic change"

      • Pepik Henneman, director and founder of Meneer de Leeuw, a lab for societal change, affiliated with the Dutch Research Institute For Transitions – DRIFT, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
    • 09:15 – 09:30

      Mainstreaming as a key tool for achieving change

      • Hesiquio Benitez, General Director of International Cooperation and Implementation, National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity - CONABIO, Mexico
    • 09:30 – 09:45

      Moving away from business as usual – perspectives from the private sector

      • Peter White, Ambassador for Biodiversity and CBD COP15, World Business Council for Sustainable Development - WBCSD
    • 09:45 – 10:00

      Using the findings of the IPBES Thematic Assessment on Land Degradation and Restoration to promote reduced land degradation and increased restoration

      • Bob Scholes, Professor, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, Co-chair of the IPBES Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment
    • 10:00 – 10:15

      Restoration, and using the UN Decade on Restoration as a driver of change

      • Bernardo Strassburg, Executive Director of the International Institute for Sustainability - IIS, coordinator of the Centre for Conservation and Sustainability Science and Assistant Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    • 10:15 – 10:30

      Presentation of examples of change in the environmental and health sectors and how they were achieved

      • Aleksandar Rankovic, Senior research fellow / Coordinator on Post-2020 International Biodiversity Governance / Lecturer at Sciences Po, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations - IDDRI, France
    • 10:30 – 11:00

      Panel of presenters responding to questions/comments on the presentations

    • 11:00 – 11:30

      Coffee break

  • Session 5
    • Achieving change - biodiversity as part of the solution

      The purpose of this session is to increase action on biodiversity and ecosystem services as an interconnected asset for sustainability in other sectors, and to leverage a broader understanding of the multiple values of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

      The session will be chaired by Ivonne Higuero, who is Secretary-General for the Secretariat for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora - CITES

    • 11:30 – 13:00

      Panel discussion addressing the interlinkages among the different sectors and the value of taking a ‘nexus’ approach. In addressing the topic panelists will touch on aspects of development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), poverty, gender and security, human rights which are relevant to all sectors. The panel will include people with experience related to climate change and its impacts, food security and sustainable food production, human health and well-being, water availability and sustainable management and human settlements. Panelists will include:

      • Vera Agostini, Deputy Director of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations - FAO
      • Luc Bas, Director, European Regional Office, International Union for Conservation of Nature - IUCN
      • Olav Kjørven, Chief Strategic Officer, EAT Forum
      • Holger Robrecht, Deputy Regional Director, European Secretariat, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
      • Martha Rojas Urrego, Secretary General, Convention on Wetlands - Ramsar Convention
      • Suneetha Subramanian, United Nations University International Institute for Global Health - UNU-IIGH
    • 13:00 – 14:00

      Lunch

  • Session 6
    • Achieving change - building on good practice

      The purpose of this session is to allow time for substantive discussion by conference participants, drawing on the previous two sessions and discussion on the previous day, and presenting their own experiences. It is anticipated that many of these experiences will be drawn from the sixth national reports to the Convention and other relevant national reports, but that participants will also be encouraged to go beyond this in thinking about moving beyond business as usual, and also thinking about nature as essential for sustainability.

      The session will be chaired by Finn Katerås, who is one of the two conference co-chairs.

    • 14:00 – 14:15

      Presentation on perspectives and insights from indigenous peoples

      • Anne Nuorgam, Chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues - UNPFII
    • 14:15 – 14:30

      Presentation on China's Ecological Conservation Redline policy

      • Tong Xiao, Associate Researcher, Satellite Environment Center, Ministry of Ecology and Environment, People’s Republic of China
    • 14:30 – 14:40

      Introductions to the interactive session on building on good practice.

      • Natasha Walker (facilitator)
    • 14:40 – 16:00

      Interactive exercise identifying relevant experience that can be built upon.

    • 16:00 – 16:30

      Coffee break

    • 16:30 – 18:00

      Interactive exercise continues on identifying relevant experience that can be built upon.

    • 18:30 – 22:00

      Excursion and dinner hosted by the Norwegian Environment Agency. The dinner will be at the Munkholmen Island outside the city centre, and transport by bus and boat will be provided.

    Thursday July 4.

  • Session 7
    • Developing the global biodiversity framework – building on the experience from the Convention on biological diversity

      Sessions 7-9 will build on the work of the previous two days, but are more focused on how to address these issues in the context of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. We will give more consideration to what we are trying to achieve through the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, and what the framework might look like, and what sorts of goals, targets and milestones might be included. This session looks at discussions so far in the context of the Convention on biological diversity, and the experience from previous strategic plans and targets established by the Convention.

      The session will be chaired by Ashgar Fazel (Iran), who is inter alia President of the ECO Institute of Environmental Science and Technology - ECO-IEST.

    • 09:00 – 09:15

      Feedback on goals, targets and milestones from the ongoing post-2020 consultation process, presented by the two co-chairs of the CBD open-ended intersessional working group on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework - OEWG.

      • Francis Ogwal, Natural Resources Management Specialist, National Environment Management Authority - NEMA, Uganda
      • Basile van Havre, Director General Domestic and International Biodiversity Policy, Canadian Wildlife service - Environment Canada, Canada
    • 09:15 – 09:30

      Review of lessons learnt from efforts to implement the Aichi Biodiversity Targets

      • Mphatso Martha Kalemba, Principle Environmental Officer (Biodiversity), Environmental Affairs Department, Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Environment, Malawi
    • 09:30 – 09:45

      Importance of identifying baselines, indicators and monitoring tools as targets are developed

      • Katia Karousakis, Biodiversity Team Leader, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development - OECD
    • 09:45 – 10:00

      Gender elements in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework

      • Verona Collantes-Lebale, Intergovernmental Specialist and focal point for UNFCCC, UNCCD and CBD, UN Women
    • 10:00 – 10:30

      Panel of presenters responding to questions/comments on the presentations

    • 10:30 – 11:00

      Coffee break

  • Session 8
    • Developing the global biodiversity framework – responding to society needs

      The aim of the session is to consider the needs and interests of other relevant processes and sectors, with the intention of identifying how the post-2020 global biodiversity framework might support a holistic framing of biodiversity-relevant targets, and further respond to broader economic and societal needs as reflected in the SDGs. This builds on session 4, and would include consideration of how diverse stakeholder actions build greater ambition and could at the same time be further supported through a post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

      The session will be chaired by Teona Karchava, who is Senior Specialist in the Biodiversity and Forestry Department in the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia.

    • 11:00 – 11:15

      Meeting the multiple needs and challenges of biodiversity related conventions, presented by the co-chairs of the Consultation Workshop of Biodiversity-related Conventions on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, held 10-12-June 2019 in Bern, Switzerland

      • Norbert Baerlocher, Head Rio Conventions, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland
      • Malta Qwathekane, Senior Policy Adviser, Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa (tbc)
    • 11:15 – 11:30

      Promoting coherent implementation of the Rio Conventions in order to better address the interrelated challenged of climate change, land degradation and biodiversity loss

      • Hamdallah Zedan, Head of Biodiversity Department, Ministry of Environment, Egypt
    • 11:30 – 11:45

      Presentation relating to strategies and strategy processes in other sectors where there are biodiversity-related impacts and dependencies

      • Kerstin Stendahl, Deputy Secretary, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Secretariat - IPCC
    • 11:45 – 12:00

      Presentation on reflecting private sector concerns and addressing global risks

      • Dominic Waughray, Managing Director, Head of the Centre for Global Public Goods, World Economic Forum - WEF, Switzerland
    • 12:00 – 13:00

      Panel of presenters responding to questions/comments on the presentations

    • 13:00 – 14:00

      Lunch

  • Session 9
    • Developing the global biodiversity framework – identifying what we need to achieve the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity

      The purpose of this session is to allow time for substantive discussion by conference participants, drawing not only on the previous two sessions, but also on discussions on the previous two days. The session will also look at relevant experience that can be built upon. Increasing understanding of what we are trying to achieve and how this might be addressed will assist participants in preparing for future discussion on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework and any targets or milestones established within it.

    • 14:00 – 14:30

      Introductions to the interactive session on identifying what we need to achieve the 2050 vision

      • Natasha Walker (facilitator)
      • Neville Ash, Director, UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre - UNEP-WCMC
    • 14:30 – 16:00

      Interactive exercise. Discussion before the coffee break is likely to focus on setting targets supported by baselines, indicators and monitoring tools, and lessons learnt for the future.

    • 16:00 – 16:30

      Coffee break

    • 16:30 – 18:00

      Interactive exercise continues. Discussion after the coffee break is likely to focus on means for using the post 2020 framework to promote and facilitate making biodiversity part of the solution.

    • 18:00 – 19:30

      Dinner available at the conference venue.

    • 19:30 – 20:00

      Bus transport (or walk) to the Nidaros Cathedral.

    • 20:00 – 21:00

      Concert in the Nidaros Cathedral, the world’s northernmost gothic cathedral (hosted by the City of Trondheim).

    Friday July 5.

  • Session 10
    • Promoting and facilitating action

      When the post-2020 global biodiversity framework is adopted in 2020, Parties will be considering communication, outreach and the roles of stakeholder groups, so as to help ensure uptake. This session gives conference participants the opportunity to consider this issue, and whether this has implications for the way in which the post-2020 global biodiversity framework is developed and subsequently communicated.

      The session will be chaired by Jane Smart, who is Global Director of the Biodiversity Conservation Group in the International Union for Conservation of Nature - IUCN.

    • 09:00 – 09:20

      Understanding and effectively communicating the multiple values of biodiversity and ecosystem services in order to achieve change

      • Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, Environment and Energy Minister, Costa Rica
    • 09:20 – 09:40

      The role of NGOs in communicating the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem services, and encouraging increased ambition

      • Sudhanshu (Suds) Sarronwala, Executive Director for Marketing and Communications, WWF International
    • 09:40 – 10:30

      Presentations on the importance of engaging all parts of society in developing and implementing the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. This will include perspectives from the private sector, indigenous peoples and local communities and youth.

    • 10:30 – 11:00

      Coffee break

  • Session 11
    • Closing session

      The primary aim of this session is to consider conference outputs and how they will be used, including getting feedback from participants. As part of this, participants also be encouraged to themselves follow up on the meeting, and to use the knowledge that they have gained.

      The session will be co-chaired by the conference co-chairs, Nina Vik and Finn Katerås.

    • 11:00 – 11:30

      Presentation of draft co-chairs’ summary report

      • Jerry Harrison, UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre - UNEP-WCMC, Chief Rapporteur for the conference

      Feedback from participants

    • 11:30 – 11:45

      Implications of conference discussions for key cross-cutting issues, with a focus on capacity building

      • Jamison Ervin, Manager, Global Programme on Nature for Development, United Nations Development Programme - UNDP
    • 11:45 – 12:00

      Implications of conference discussions for key cross-cutting issues, with a focus on resource mobilization

      • Mark Zimsky, Biodiversity Focal Area Coordinator, Global Environment Facility - GEF
    • 12:00 – 12:15

      Implications of conference discussions for key cross-cutting issues, with a focus on research needs

      • Meriem Bouamrane, Programme Specialist, Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) Secretariat, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - UNESCO
    • 12:15 – 12:30

      Next steps - communication and use of conference outputs

      • Conference co-chairs Nina Vik and Finn Katerås
    • 12:30 – 12:45

      Next steps - value of the conference to the post-2020 process

      • Co-chairs of CBD open-ended working group on post-2020 Francis Ogwal and Basile van Havre
    • 12:45 – 13:00

      Closing statement

      • Ellen Hambro, Director General, Norwegian Environment Agency
    • 13:00 – 14:00

      Lunch