Alongside COP26, the Global Landscapes Forum
positions forests, food systems and sustainable finance
to deliver on climate targets
Hybrid (digital and in-person) conference to 200+ speakers and thousands more to connect science, finance and marginalized voices with COP discussions. November 5-7
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Bonn, Germany (28 October 2021) – At the upcoming negotiations of the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, increased ambitions from countries to reduce emissions are expected to be limited. This emphasizes the importance of mitigating runaway climate change through other avenues.
Alongside this historic COP, the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) – the world’s largest science-driven organization on sustainable land use – is convening 200+ experts and thousands of participants around three sectors that can change our trajectory: the protection and restoration of forests, the transformation of global food systems to end hunger and promote sustainable production, and the rapid expansion of sustainable finance.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unequal access to COP26. In response, the GLF is offering digital participation to its community of more than 250,000 people from 185 countries – alongside 350 in-person attendees adhering to strict COVID-19 measures.
SPEAKERS (growing list here):
- Walter Willett: Top-cited Harvard University nutrition scientist and leading voice in global campaigns for food system transformation
- Samantha Power: Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
- Vandana Shiva: World-renowned Indian scholar, environmental activist, food sovereignty advocate and ecofeminist
- Benki Piyãko: Indigenous Ashaninka leader, shaman and activist for Indigenous peoples’ rights and preservation of the Amazon
- Jennifer Pryce: President and CEO of global nonprofit investment firm and green finance trailblazer Calvert Impact Capital
- James Marape: Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea and advocate for development financing in exchange for rainforest preservation
- Andrea Meza Murillo: Minister of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica and sustainable development expert
- Sadhguru: Spiritual leader, head of numerous environmental initiatives across India and founder of yoga-based Isha Foundation
- And 200+ more, with new speakers added daily
- Status of national commitments to the Paris Agreement, including progress, gaps between current and necessary ambitions, and needed nature-based and financial mechanisms
- Progress and hindrances on forest conservation and restoration initiatives, including the Bonn Challenge and New York Declaration on Forests
- Opportunities for sustainable agriculture to enhance food production and support biodiversity goals in the new CBD Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework
- What’s missing from the COP26 agenda in terms of enabling large-scale ecosystem restoration and how to address the barriers
- Ways to mobilize public and private finance for projects that pair climate change mitigation and sustainable development through “nature-based solutions”
AGENDA (full agenda here):
- 9 plenaries, on opportunities for forests, food and finance to help deliver the Paris climate targets and Sustainable Development Goals
- 40 scientific sessions, on nature-inclusive food systems, zero-deforestation, rights and livelihoods of local communities, food security enhancement and scaling innovative finance mechanisms
- 6 launchpads, of new pledges, projects, tools, knowledge products, policies, alliances and communities of practice from Procter & Gamble, the Rainforest Alliance and Kingfisher; Crop Trust; the World Bank and others
- In-person cocktail receptions and virtual networking tables and coffee chats
- Film festival from 8-10 November 2021, featuring short and feature films on landscape degradation and restoration
We invite you to join the discussions and find exclusive stories with experts from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Resources Institute, Cultural Survivor, the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), the Global Crop Diversity Trust, Marfrig, Nestlé, Rainforest Alliance, Organics International (IFOAM), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Bank, WWF and many others.
Join the events’ main sessions at the Bute Hall, the University of Glasgow.
Address: University of Glasgow (Hunters Hall), Glasgow, G12 8QQ, Scotland.
Registration Desk on-site: Hunters Hall, daily from 8:00 (GMT). Please check further information about in-person attendance here.
Register here for a free pass to attend all sessions of GLF Climate.
The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is the world’s largest knowledge-led platform on integrated land use, dedicated to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Climate Agreement. The Forum takes a holistic approach to create sustainable landscapes that are productive, prosperous, equitable and resilient, and considers five cohesive themes of food and livelihoods, landscape restoration, rights, finance and measuring progress. It is led by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), in collaboration with its co-founders UNEP and the World Bank and Charter members.
The hybrid conference GLF Climate has been made possible through the generous support of: the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and FOLUR.