Post-2020 Biodiversity Agenda - The Communications Challenge

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16 Apr 2018 - 10:30
CCF News


“The future of all life now depends on us”

Sir David  Attenborough joins world experts in calling for action for nature
Public lecture and panel discussion:
“Setting a new post-2020 biodiversity agenda – the communications challenge”
 12 April 2018, Cambridge, UK
11 APRIL 2018 - On 12 April, Sir David Attenborough joins the head of the UN’s Convention on Biological
Diversity and a panel from government, business and civil society to discuss how to mobilise global
action to tackle what is said to be the greatest threat to humanity: the biodiversity crisis.
Dr Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, said: “By
2020, the end of the current UN Decade on Biodiversity, the world’s biodiversity is set to have declined
by two-thirds. This unprecedented rate of destruction jeopardises not only the amazing variety of life on
Earth, but the prospects for human development and well-being. We need a paradigm shift in the way
that humans interact with nature; we need transformative change and a systemic approach to address
the root causes of biological destruction.”
In 2020, the world’s governments will meet in Beijing, China, to agree a new framework for global action
to tackle the biodiversity crisis over the next decade. It is critical that a strong, evidence-based
biodiversity conservation strategy be agreed, linked to the climate and development agendas, and that
momentum is built within the public and private sectors to inspire a movement for action and galvanise
political urgency to deliver ambitious commitments post-2020.
Millions of viewers around the world watched the BBC’s landmark series Blue Planet II in 2017, which
took an unflinching look at the impact of human activity on marine life and saw Sir David delivering a
powerful rallying call to do more to protect the environment. “The future of all life now depends on us,”
the BBC naturalist said in his closing speech of the final episode.
Sir David will now return to the building that bears his name and which he proudly opened two years ago
to address a booked-out audience. Leaning on his nearly 70 years’ experience of communicating the
wonder of nature, he and the panel will consider how to galvanise governments, business, media and the
general public to transform the complex messages surrounding biodiversity into understandable,
effective and inspiring ones.
Please contact Elizabeth Allen, CCI Collaborations and Communications Manager