Multi-stakeholder Dialogue in Medellín, Colombia
On 2-4 December about 60 stakeholders from 18 countries – representing government organisations, UN organisations, science and civil society – met in Medellín, Colombia, to discuss how social-ecological resilience might be integrated into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Post-2015 Agenda.
This multi-stakeholder dialogue was organised jointly by the centre, the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Research on Biological Resources, the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia, with the full support of the Governments of Colombia and Sweden, and in consultation with the CBD Secretariat.
The aim of the dialogue was to explore different ways to integrate social-ecological resilience, underpinned by biodiversity and ecosystem services, into future development goals and monitoring frameworks.
"By gathering different perspectives and experiences from a variety of actors we wanted to broaden and enhance the understanding of biodiversity not as a problem to solve, as it is often perceived, but as an important opportunity and solution for sustainable development, including poverty eradication and social-ecological resilience," says Ellika Hermansson Török, dialogue project leader at SwedBio.
Biodiversity is key
The Multi-stakeholder Dialogue followed the Chatham House Rule, producing a co-chairs' report.
"The forthcoming report will emphasise the most important message from the dialogue, which is that Earth’s biodiversity and living processes are the key to achieving all of the sustainability goals," says Sarah Cornell, senior researcher and project associate, and co-author of the co-chairs' report.
"Losing biodiversity means undermining the basis for society’s development, and it reduces the capacity for adaptive responses in a world of change. At the same time, all of our activities affect biodiversity. We need this vital connection to the biosphere to be kept in mind, in policy and in practice," Cornell continues.
The report will be presented at a side event, hosted by the Environment Ministries of Colombia and Sweden, during the Eighth Session of the General Assembly Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals in New York in February 2014. The report will also be widely disseminated to other fora.
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