The Global Biodiversity Summit: An urgent call to action

May 10, 2019.  

Paris - Scientists and policy makers from all across the globe met at the 7th plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) from April 28th to May 4th, 2019. More than 800 people participated at this summit which was hosted by the UNESCO in Paris. They deliberated on the status and trends of global biodiversity, and on measures to ensure its conservation and sustainable use. This landmark event culminated in the approval of a second work program for the platform until 2030.

The Global Assessment Report, a comprehensive document of 1700 pages of scientific evidence on the declining state of global biodiversity was launched. The Report is a clear warning and an urgent call to action. Nature and its contributions to people have to be pulled back from the precipice of decline.

The West African Contribution to the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (WABES) together with La Fondation pour la recherche sur la biodiversité (FRB) and Sud Expert Plantes/Développement durable (SEP2D) organized a two-day workshop to adequately prepare the Francophone African delegates prior to the IPBES-7 plenary from April 26th to 27th. During the plenary WABES actively promoted the implementation of the Global Assessment Report into domestic policies in West Africa.

The Ipbes-7 plenary was one of a kind, but for there to be any transformative change in support of biodiversity conservation, the take home message for all of us should be in our consumption patterns: "We MUST be that change we want to see in the world" (Mahatma Gandhi).


Isimemen Osemwegie

Dr. Isimemen Osemwegie