In a video broadcast during a Side event to the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, centre director presented key messages from a recent dialogue in Colombia on how to integrate resilience into future development goals.

Sustainable Development Goals

Biodiversity key for Sustainable Development Goals

Clear message from Side event to the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

"Life on Earth, in all its diversity, shapes the environmental, social and economic processes and resources that are ultimately key to human well-being and achieving all Sustainable Development Goals. Losing biodiversity erodes the basis for sustainable development by undermining ecosystem services and social and ecological resilience, which reduces the capacity for adaptive responses in a rapidly changing world. Biodiversity should thus be integrated in all the Sustainable Development Goals and become a goal in its own right”.

This key message from the recent multi-stakeholder dialogue that took place in Medellín, Colombia, 2-4 December 2013, was conveyed at a side event to the 8th meeting of the General Assembly UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), February 3, in New York.

The side event was convened by the Environment Ministries of Sweden and Colombia. The Swedish Environment Ambassador Annika Markovic chaired the meeting, and Paula Caballero, Director of Economic, Social and Environmental Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Colombia, gave welcoming remarks.

Centre director and Dialogue co-chair Johan Rockström presented in a ten-minute video the key message from the dialogue and explained the science behind it (see video above). The message was then elaborated and complemented by a panel of speakers, consisting of Dialogue co-chair Brigitte Baptiste, General Director of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute, Alejandra Torres, Director of International Affairs, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Colombia, and Fred Boltz, Managing Director, Rockefeller Foundation. All panelists, as well as the conveners, expressed their strong support for integrating biodiversity into all the SDGs.

The co-chairs' report from the Multi-stakeholder Dialogue was shared with delegates attending the side event, and a policy brief was distributed to all 90 country representatives in the UN Open Working Group on SDGs.

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