Strengthening Science Policy Interfaces
in support of the Convention on Biological Diversity

This event will look at the emerging science-policy landscape, experiences from science-based policy making in the context of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), learn from processes among multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and national actions besides suggesting some ideas to strengthen implementation of the post 2020 global biodiversity framework. It is organized by UN Environment (UNEP) and the CBD Secretariat, and takes place during the Fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (Part Two) in Montreal, Canada.

Background

Meeting the triple planetary challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution requires policies informed by science and practices understood and adopted by society. Yet the practice of science and policymaking is changing, science is ever more transdisciplinary, geo-political and economic forces shape policies in new ways, and both science and policy making are embedded in a turbulent social media landscape, influenced by ever changing priorities in diplomacy. While science and policy interact in complex ways, the process for shaping that interaction—the science-policy interface—must be clear and responsive if it is to be relevant for the future.

The UNEP@50 Report, launched during the 50th Anniversary commemorative event in 2022, recommends re-orientation of focus on science-policy interfaces, supports the need to link with society and suggests better focus on the role of science-policy-practice interfaces within multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs).

Draft Agenda

  • 18:15 – 18:25 Opening remarks by UNEP and SCBD (tbc)
  • 18:25 – 18:35 Emerging role of science policy interfaces – UNEP
  • 18:35 – 19:05 MEAs as tangible expressions of science policy interfaces at work – CBD SBSTTA Chairs, Chair – CITES Standing Committee (tbc), Chair – CMS Standing Committee (tbc)
  • 19:05 – 19:15 Role of science in strengthening MEAs – International Science Council
  • 19:15 – 19:25 Making science policy work at national level
  • 19:25 – 19:45 Discussions and closing

Image by Wérica Lma/Amazônia Real via Flickr.

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