The One Planet Summit for biodiversity was organized on Monday January 11 in Paris under the aegis of French President Emmanuel Macron. Global political and economic actors, meeting in Paris and by videoconference, have agreed on a number of commitments that should allow, by the end of the year, to arrive at a new global roadmap for the protection of ecosystems at the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
Heading the meeting, Emmanuel Macron reminded that “it is to a deep and rapid transformation of our development model that we are called upon. Our future and that of the planet depend on what we do here and now.”
Dedicated to four themes—protection of terrestrial and marine ecosystems, promotion of agro-ecology, mobilization of funding, and the link between deforestation, preservation of species and human health—the conference brought together around thirty world leaders including the German Chancellor, the president of the European Commission, the British and Canadian Prime Ministers, and the UN Secretary General.
One year after pandemic, the One Planet Summit was, among other things, devoted to the relaunching of green diplomacy and was preceded by the investment forum for the Great Green Wall where stakeholders are engaged to devote 14.3 billion dollars to relaunch the project.
Several activists reacted to this summit by agreeing and welcoming “important commitments and unprecedented mobility.” The NGO Avaaz claimed that “World leaders finally started to realize the impact and importance of biodiversity loss on food security.” The NGO, also, argues that “protecting 30% of earth is not enough.”