About GLF Nairobi 2023: ‘A new Vision for Earth’
The GLF Nairobi 2023 Hybrid Conference, held on October 11 and 12, convened global thought leaders to set the stage for COP28, the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference. This pivotal event mobilized action on critical issues affecting humanity, biodiversity, and our planet.
The conference featured two focused days: Day 1 centered on “Africa’s Sovereign Solutions,” exploring pathways to a sustainable and prosperous future for the continent. Day 2, dedicated to climate, aimed to craft a “Survival Guide for a Planet in Crisis,” paving the way for a fairer world ahead of COP28.
GLF Nairobi brought together a diverse coalition of influential voices, ranging from scientists, activists, and Indigenous leaders to financiers, women, youth, policymakers, and private sector representatives. As a united front, we collectively championed change and passionately advocated for meaningful action in these pivotal times.
In a world that is on fire and underwater at the same time, young people around the world are leading efforts for radical transformation. From the mountains of Costa Rica to the rivers of Bangladesh to the drylands of Madagascar, young landscape leaders are reconnecting with their land and culture, fueling a historical climate movement, mobilizing across sectors and policy levels, and actively restoring their landscapes. And with that, they are restoring hope for a world where we all can all live in dignity and in harmony with nature. But what do these people need from the rest of society to turn their visions into reality?
This session was co-created by the G20 Global Land Initiative, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, the Youth in Landscapes Initiative and the Global Landscapes Forum aimed to hear the stories of young experts, and reflect on how we can all create positive and meaningful change in the world.
Artist Anna Denardin captured the essence of the plenary, articulating it in her own words:
This illustration represents the power, potential and possibilities that are sparked when people work together. In the intersections of the bodies, landscapes are created to represent ecosystems from different parts of the world. It is a celebration of diversity and pluriversality, an invitation to make room for new forms of co-existence, a reminder that our gifts and medicines are indispensable but insufficient on their own.
Discover the highlights from GLF Nairobi and explore our recap articles:
- What can Africa teach the world about sovereign solutions?
- To heal the Earth, put people at the heart of climate solutions