Overview

The Nature for Life Hub will offer a virtual venue for multiple events as part of the four-day program. Hub organizers will work with champions, mobilizers, leaders and speakers who inspire and engage global audiences. These events will provide new content that will be broadcast live on social media and through the official virtual platform, as well as available online after the Hub. Over the four days, the Hub will take audiences on various thematic journeys, delving deep into specialist topics, practical solutions and ambitious actions. The virtual Hub will be an opportunity to hear from political and corporate leaders, the world’s youth, indigenous and community leaders, local authorities and cutting-edge thinkers, leaders and practitioners. Each day will culminate in key messages to be fed into UN biodiversity-related discussions.

Length: 4 days
Languages: English, French and Spanish
Venue: Online
Start date: 24 September 2020 EDT
End date: 29 September 2020 EDT
Hosts: UNDP, UNEP, CBD

This is an open event, previous registration is not required

Themes

Day 1

Recognizing the value of nature in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Day 1

Recognizing the value of nature in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Day 2

Greening our wallets in development, finance and business.

Day 2

Greening our wallets in development, finance and business.

Day 3

Creating a planetary response to our planetary emergency.

Day 3

Creating a planetary response to our planetary emergency.

Day 4

Celebrating the power of local action on nature for development.

Day 4

Celebrating the power of local action on nature for development.

Transformations

The themes of the four-day Nature for Life Hub reflect the essential systemic transformations we must see if we are to bend the curve on nature loss, including:

  • Transform financial systems and redirect finance and investments in order to accelerate nature-based solutions, and accelerate the creation of a nature-based planetary safety net.

  • Strengthen governance and rule of law by ensuring a national nature-based safety net approach that protects and enhances the rights of people vulnerable to biodiversity loss.

  • Transform global consumption and production systems by fostering consumption and production practices that do not lead to the destruction of nature.

  • Catalyze systemic change that places nature firmly at the heart of national sustainable development and sectoral planning.

  • Mobilize demand for action for a nature-positive future across all of society.

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Course Experts

Flaviano Bianchini is the founder of Source International. Flaviano is an environmentalist and naturalist. An Ashoka Fellow from 2012, Flaviano specialized in Management and Valorization of Natural Resources at the University of Pisa and holds a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Conflict Management from the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies. 

Flaviano is experienced in addressing human rights violations and the health impacts of the extractive industries, particularly in Latin America. His studies of the impact of mining on the environment and health led to the modification of the mining law in Honduras, the adoption of precautionary measures by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Guatemala, and the approval of laws on the welfare of the city of Cerro de Pasco in Peru. Between 2007 and 2009, he conducted an awareness campaign on the impact of mining activity in Latin America, in collaboration with Amnesty International.

In 2008, Flaviano was named the Environmental candidate of the year by The New Ecology magazine. He received the Social Worker award from the University of San Carlos of Guatemala in 2006 and the Chatwin Prize in 2010 for his book, In Tibet: Un Viaggio Clandestino.

 


Javier M. Blanco is a sustainable development specialist working on environmental governance and women’s issues, SDGs policy analysis, and green entrepreneurship. Javier currently works as Sustainability Consultant at Sustantum, a newly-created sustainability firm in Spain. Prior to Sustantum, Javier has worked with UNDP, UN Women, and FAO, in Colombia, Panama, Italy, and Belgium, for UN country offices, as well as for Regional Hubs such as the ones for Latin America and the Caribbean of UNDP and FAO. Javier holds a MSc in Environmental Studies (Lund University, Sweden), and a BSc in Law and Business Administration (Complutense University, Spain).

 


Matthew Bliss is a sustainability and mining executive with extensive international natural resources and community development experience. His focus is on integrating sustainability and good governance into all aspects of mining, natural resource management and community development. Currently focused on IGF programs and implementation, including environmental and mine closure guidance, demand-driven technical support and capacity building supporting members in Eastern Europe and Asia-Pacific.

 


Chunnian Chen is a Programme Research Analyst working for the Environmental Governance Programme on integrating environment and human rights into the governance of the mining sector. Chunnian is experienced in poverty eradication, inequality reduction, and impact financing for sustainable development. Chunnian holds a Master’s degree in Economic Development from Northeastern University in the USA. Her interests include environmental justice, gender equality, and climate solutions.

 


Gillian Davidson is a leader in sustainability, ESG and responsible supply chains with extensive experience in the extractives and natural resources sectors. She is currently a sustainability advisor to global companies and international organisations and a Non-Executive Director of New Gold Inc and Central Asia Metals. Gillian is Chair of International Women in Mining, co-chair of the Resolve Natural Resources and Energy Leadership Council, member of the executive of the Global Battery Alliance and a fellow of Chatham House. Previously, Gillian was the Head of Mining & Metals at the World Economic Forum and held senior roles in major mining companies and government. She holds a PhD in Development Economics and Geography.

 


Sanna Due is a Policy Advisor working at the Bureau of Policy and Programme support at UNDP as an expert from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. She currently serves as Programme Coordinator for the Environmental Governance Programme (EGP), the Sida-funded programme that aims to advance the human rights and environment nexus by strengthening the environmental governance of the mining sector, ultimately advancing multiple Sustainable Development Goals.

Sanna has over 20 years of experience working with environmental public administration at national and regional agencies in Sweden and Denmark. Her work has focused on developing and implementing policy instruments in the areas of sustainable consumption and production, circular economy, air pollution, and engagement with the private sector in the Nordic countries and the European Union. Sanna holds a Master’s of Science degree in Environmental Planning and Design.

 


Anna George is Programme Manager at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency in Stockholm, Sweden. She has around 20 years of experience as programme manager and advisor in the area of institutional capacity-building for environmental administration, human rights and social sectors. She has previously worked in the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Swedish Ministry of the Environment and the Swedish Marine and Water Agency. She has lived and worked in China for five years. Anna holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asian Studies and Political Science and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science with a focus on the environment, communication and politics.

 


Nora Götzmann is a Senior Adviser at the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), focusing on business and human rights. She is also an Adjunct Researcher at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) of the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland, Australia. Nora has over 10 years of experience working with multinational companies on implementing human rights due diligence, focusing primarily on the extractive industries, across a range of international corporate and site-level settings. I also work with national human rights institutions, civil society actors and financial institutions on various business and human rights related topics.

Prior to joining the DIHR, Nora worked at the CSRM, where her work focused on human rights due diligence and community-company grievance resolution.

 


Laura Grassi is an environmental specialist in contaminated sites, air and water quality, and environmental health. She spent the last 5 years working on different case studies, especially related to mining (coal and polymetallic mines), oil and gas extraction, and agribusiness (palm oil, sugar cane, rubber). Laura has conducted capacity building activities for communities and grassroots organizations in Guatemala, Liberia, Mozambique, Mexico, and Perù.

 


Rickard Nätjehall is a Policy Officer at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, where he works with the bilateral cooperation with the Russian Federation, the Barents’ Council, and with anti-corruption as part of the Agency’s global Environmental Governance Programme. 

Previously, Rickard has worked with anti-corruption and water management at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), African refugees in Israel, and social protection schemes in South Africa. Rickard has a Master’s degree (Cum Laude) in Political Science – Comparative Politics from the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

 


Caroline Ngonze has extensive experience in the mining sector, having worked on phase I of the UNDP implemented ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme, leading the gender equality and women’s empowerment programming for 41 ACP countries. Prior to that, Caroline worked at UNECA, leading research and policy analysis on women in artisanal and small-scale mining in Ghana, Guinea, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Zambia with a wide cross-section of stakeholders. Caroline is an alumna of the 2015 edition of the Emerging Leaders in African Mining (ELAM) program as well as a member of the International Women in Mining (IWiM) Network.

 


Giovanni De Nicola is an environmental economist. During his university career he delved into several aspects related to oil production, focusing specifically on social and economic impacts of the industry on local communities. The regional focus of Giovanni’s research included the Basilicata region in southern Italy, the location of the biggest oil field in continental Europe. Giovanni has contributed to multiple projects studying the potential impacts and the future of oil production in the Mediterranean Sea.

 


Ann-Cathrin Pedersen is a project manager for the Environmental Governance Programme at UNDP. She has spent the past decade working on sustainable development and humanitarian aid, covering thematic areas such as governance, environment, extractives and health. She has worked extensively with human-rights based and participatory governance issues, from within the public sector, NGOs and the UN. Over the past five years she has focused on rights-based approaches to environmental governance. She has a multi-disciplinary background and holds a Master’s degree in Middle East Studies from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

 


Ege Tekinbas is a Gender Equality Advisor with IISD’s Economic Law and Policy Program. She has over 15 years of professional experience in gender equality and women’s empowerment, elimination of violence against women, and social development. Throughout her lengthy career with international organizations (including UN Women, United Nations Population Fund, World Bank, European Union, the Council of Europe, and Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Públicas), Ege has engaged in program/project design in areas such as gender analysis, gender-responsive programming, and monitoring of gender-responsive service delivery.

Among previous professional roles, Ege has acted as Senior Gender Consultant at the World Bank (where she was involved with assessing gender-based violence-related risks of major civil works and infrastructure projects) and Senior Gender Consultant at UN WOMEN. In the latter position, she developed a program targeting refugee women and girls, supported the development of strategic plans, and researched the capacity-building needs of women’s organizations and community service organizations working with women refugees, along with social entrepreneurship modalities available for refugee women.