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Meetings of the Convention on Biodiversity’s Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and Open-Ended inter-sessional Working Group (OEWG)

The resumed sessions of the twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 24), the third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI 3) and the third meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (WG2020-3), originally scheduled for 12-28 January 2022 are now planned to take place on 13-29 March 2022, at the International Conference Center Geneva in Geneva, Switzerland.

CITES 74th meeting of the Standing Committee

The upcoming 74th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee will take place in the Metropolis of Lyon (France) and bring together members and observers to review strategic, policy and species-specific matters affecting the implementation of the Convention in preparation for the 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP19) to take place in November 2022 in Panama.

Resumed session of UNEA-5 (UNEA-5.2), hybrid format

The overall theme for UNEA-5 is “Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals”. This highlights the pivotal role nature plays in our lives and in social, economic and environmental sustainable development.

One Ocean Summit on the conservation of oceans’ biodiversity

This major international debate on the Ocean provides an opportunity to share knowledge and cross approaches, particularly by integrating climate change, in order to better anticipate oceanic crises and technological, scientific and environmental transformations.

Finance and Biodiversity Webinars in January 2022

In January 2022, UNEP FI, the PRI, the Finance@Biodiversity Community, and the Finance for Biodiversity Pledge will host two webinars on finance and biodiversity. On 6 January, we will showcase positive stories on financing nature, and on 11 January, we will offer an introduction for financials who want to get started with addressing nature loss.

Save the date! Level(s) virtual conference

The European Commission is delighted to announce plans for the Level(s) virtual conference on the EU framework for sustainable buildings. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn what Level(s) means for you and the built-environment sector.

Business Statement at EBNS 2021

Under the leadership of Jean-Laurent Bonnafé, Chairman of EpE and CEO of BNP Paribas, and the Partners of the European Business Statement, CEOs are cordially invited to the “CEO-only” session at the EBNS 2021 to discuss a “European Business Statement.” A draft statement has been prepared by the EBNS 2021 partners, and it will be delivered formally to the EU Commission on 1 December in the presence of Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for the Environment and Laurent Burelle, AFEP Chairman. The EBNS partners aim for this statement to be ambitious and grounded in business reality, and therefore, CEOs are invited to this session to review and discuss the statement before it is formally delivered. The session will take place on 30 November, from 17:00 to 18:00 CET. To attend, please RSVP by Friday, 26 November at

One week to EBNS 2021!

EBNS 2021 will kick off in exactly one week! Join us on 30 November - 1 December at the fully virtual event. Register today to take part in the discussions on how we can scale up business action for nature.

Launch of the Extractive Sector Species Protection Code of Conduct

On 28 October 2021, BirdLife International and the EU Business@Biodiversity Platform, in cooperation with HeidelbergCement AG, will launch the Extractive Sector Species Protection Code of Conduct. Seeking to build on the provisions of the EU’s Birds and Habitats Directives, and without conflicting with EU law, the Code of Conduct demonstrates the Extraction Sector’s commitment to conserving nature through the implementation and management of temporary habitats. Join the live launch event with representation by the signatory associations and endorsement of the European Commission.

EU B@B webinar series on biodiversity data - last two sessions on 26 and 28 October

Business and finance interest in measuring biodiversity performance is growing rapidly, driven by the need to better inform risk assessments and decision-making across industry sectors. The EU Business @ Biodiversity Platform aims to respond to the demand for more clarity on biodiversity data by offering a full webinar series on biodiversity data for businesses. In the last two sessions of the webinar series, the focus will be on innovative developments in the field of biodiversity data collection (26 Oct) and future development in the biodiversity data landscape (28 October).

EBNS 2021: Scaling up business action for nature - Registration is open!

Business leaders and policymakers will meet on 30 November and 1 December at the 2021 European Business and Nature Summit (EBNS) - a high-level political and technical forum - to capitalise on the growing awareness that businesses impact and depend on nature and the ecosystem services it provides. They will aim to mobilise the business community and strengthen the European "Business for Biodiversity movement" called upon by the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030. Confirmed speakers include: Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries; Jean-Laurent Bonnafé, CEO BNP Paribas; Catherine MacGregor, CEO Engie; Ilham Kadri, CEO Solvay; Patrick Pouyanné, CEO TotalEnergies; Jean-Bernard Levy, CEO EDF; Magali Anderson, CSO Holcim. Registration is now open!

Natural capital management accounting seminar for the agri-food sector

As part of the project ‘Aligning Accounting Approaches for Nature’ (Align), a second online seminar will take place on Thursday 30 September 2021, from 15:00h-17:00h CET, focusing on the agri-food sector. The objective of the seminar is to facilitate best practice exchange amongst corporate practitioners and relevant stakeholders by: - Identifying state of the art natural capital management accounting practices that are suitable for integrating environmental impacts and dependencies across the value chain in routine business and economic decision-making processes across all principal sectors of the economy; and - Establishing a foundation of practice which supports the development and embedding of methods and metrics to measure biodiversity related business impacts and dependencies. Registration is mandatory. Registered participants will receive dial-in details and the link to access the online seminar one week in advance. Registrations will be closed on 30 September, noon.

Finance and Biodiversity webinar on regulation - 28 September

The EU Business@Biodiversity Platform and the Finance for Biodiversity Foundation is organising a webinar on ‘Finance and biodiversity regulation updates’ on 28 September. The objectives of this webinar are to: - Provide financial institutions with an overview of the latest regulatory developments addressing biodiversity and that will impact them and the companies they engage with - Provide financial institutions with an update on the design of the new Global Biodiversity Framework to be agreed during the CBD COP 15 - Facilitate a Q&A for financial institutions and other guests with the speakers to learn more on potential future requirements - Consolidate key takeaways by both financial institutions and regulators The webinar is open to financial institutions and other interested organisations.

Biodiversity Footprint Financial Institutions: 4 practical examples - 25 May 2021

Showing how biodiversity impact assessment works, what type of data is needed and what you can do with the results: four practical cases studies have been executed with the BFFI approach by PRé Sustainabilty and CREM. Achmea IM, APG, ASN Bank, ASR, ING, FMO and NWB participated in this project that was commissioned by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). Register to join the 10-11 am CEST webinar for financial institutions on the results of the case studies.