Breakout session | Stage 3

Host: Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Biodiversity and healthy ecosystems are a foundation for sustainable development, and thus play a key role in supporting the achievement of all 17 SDGs. Advancing global biodiversity objectives will be key to advancing the SDGs including SDG 14 on life below water, and SDG 15 on life on land, but also many other goals and targets. In 2020, the Convention on Biological Diversity will adopt a post-2020 global biodiversity framework as a stepping stone towards the 2050 Vision of “Living in harmony with nature”. Life in Harmony with Nature means restoring the balance between nature and humans, where humans are part of nature and nature is part of humans. It means that the world’s biodiversity is valued, conserved, restored and wisely used, and that the well-being of nature, including us people, is ensured. To reach this level of harmony by 2050, the greatest efforts will have to be made between 2020 and 2030. All citizens of the world, including women, indigenous peoples, local communities, young and old, from all horizons will have to come together to transform society and reverse the current trends of degradation of the planet. Panelists from six different horizons will provide insights on how these groups of citizens can help accelerate action for implementation of the biodiversity objectives thus the SDGs


Christian Schwarzer - Moderator
Steering Committee Member representing Europe and Global North Focal Point, Global Youth Biodiversity Network
Christian is one of the founders of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network ( and has dedicated most of his life working on environmental issues. In recognition of his activities on Biodiversity, he has been appointed as Youth Ambassador for the UN Decade on Biodiversity. He is a member of NAJU and Co-Chair of Germany’s NGO working group on Biodiversity policy. He participated in over 25 rounds of UN negotiations under the UNFCCC, IPBES and the CBD and published numerous articles and studies on environmental policy issues, and is one of the lead authors of CBD in a Nutshell.
Shamila Nair-Bedouelle
Assistant Director-General for the Natural Sciences at UNESCO
Shamila Nair-Bedouelle took up her duties as Assistant Director-General for the Natural Sciences at UNESCO on 1 April 2019. She comes to UNESCO from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), where she had served as Director of the OzonAction programme since 2012. Responsible for implementing the Multilateral Fund for the Montreal Protocol, she had coordinated a unique network of 147 national Ozone Action offices, providing developing countries with scientific and technical advice as to which alternative technologies to choose to the chemical substances depleting the Ozone Layer. A strong advocate for enhancing womens’ role in science and engineering, she launched UNEP’s first training programme for women technicians. Ms Nair-Bedouelle holds a PhD in Life Sciences from the University of Capetown in South Africa. Dr Nair-Bedouelle has pursued her research interests in parallel to her career at the United Nations.
Dr. Keiichi Nakazawa
Director, Biodiversity Strategy Office, Nature Conservation Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Japan

Dr. NAKAZAWA Keiichi is working as Director for Biodiversity Strategy Office at the Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan, working on policy making for various global biodiversity conservation issues including CBD and IPBES and the National Biodiversity Strategy of Japan.
He joined the Ministry of the Environment of Japan in 1992, and served as park ranger in Oze area, involving extensively in policy making for the conservation of biodiversity and the management of wildlife, among others.
He was working on the support of the CBD-COP10 Chair and the coordination of the negotiations at COP10, serving as a member of Japanese delegation.

Abigail Kitma
Indigenous Peoples Rights Program staff, Tebtebba
Abigail Kitma is an Ibaloy-Igorot from the Northern Philippines, and currently working with Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education), an NGO in special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council. She is one of the Indigenous youth representatives at the United Nations Youth Advisory Board (UNYAB) in the Philippines, and is a member of the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB).
Eugenia Arguedas
CBD National Focal Point, Costa Rica
Eugenia Arguedas Montezuma, is a biologist with a Master Degree in Environmental Management. Ms. Arguedas is the Costa Rica CBD National Focal Point isince 2012. She has more than 30 years of experience working with biodiversity in Costa Rica, specially protected áreas, management of wildlife. Ms. Arguedas is the National Coordinator of the monitoring of biodiversity.
Amelia Arreguín Prado
Co-Coordinator CBD Women's Caucus, General Coordinator, Eco Maxei Querétaro AC
Bachelor in political communication and specialist in gender and community development, working to advance women and girls’ rights within the environmental sector. She is a young ecofeminist, cyclist, mountain lover and birdwatcher. She serves as Co-coordinator of the Women's Group of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Policy Officer for Women4Biodiversity, and as Regional Coordinator for the Global Youth Biodiversity Network in Latin America and the Caribbean. She has been a university lecturer, author of several articles, and has participated as a speaker and organizer of environmental and academic events.
Dr. Kiruben Naicker
Chief Director: Biodiversity Monitoring and Specialist Services (Acting)/Information Management and Science Policy Interface, Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Government of South Africa
Kiruben has 18 years of public service experience working in the agriculture and conservation sectors. He has led the science policy interface in South Africa and he is the nominated focal point of the Intergovernmental platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). His work in the science policy interface is supported by mentorship of interns and the managed network. He has two Master of Science degrees, one in Cryo-conservation from Wits University and another in Conservation Biology from the University of Kent. He has a recent Phd in Leadership in Natural Capital Accounting from the University of Pretoria.
Swetha Stotra Bashyam
Global South Focal Point, Steering Committee Member, Global Youth Biodiversity Network
Swetha is a budding wildlife biologist from India. She is dedicated towards working in both the grassroots and the international policy levels to help conserve biodiversity and wildlife. Her wildlife conservation projects in India have included fighting against illegal encroachments in protected areas, advocating for conserving new habitats for otters, tigers and the critically endangered long-billed vultures. She also conducted one of the first studies on the stump-tailed macaques.

Swetha is a member of the Steering Committee of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) and has been elected as GYBN's Global South Focal Point. With the GYBN team she is coordinating the youth engagement roadmap for the post 2020.
Elizabeth Maruma Mrema
Executive Secretary, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Ms Elizabeth Maruma Mrema has been appointed Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity on 8 June 2020. Prior to that, she served as Director, Law Division, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). From 2009 to 2012, she served as the Executive Secretary of the UNEP/Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, Acting Executive Secretary of the UNEP/ASCOBANS and Interim Executive Secretary of the UNEP/Gorilla Agreement. Ms. Mrema worked with Tanzania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Ms. Mrema holds a Master of Law degree from Dalhousie University, Canada.
September 23, 13:45
13:45 — 14:30EST(GMT-4) (45′)

Activism, Climate, Education, Environment, Gender Equality, Leave No One Behind, Planet, Youth

| Host: Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity |, Abigail Kitma (Tebtebba), Amelia Arreguín Prado (CBD Women’s Caucus), Christian Schwarzer (Global Youth Biodiversity Network), Dr. Keiichi Nakazawa (Ministry of the Environment Japan), Dr. Kiruben Naicker (Department of Environment Forestry and Fisheries South Africa), Elizabeth Maruma Mrema (Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity), Eugenia Arguedas (CBD National Focal Point), Shamila Nair-Bedouelle (UNESCO), Swetha Stotra Bashyam (Global Youth Biodiversity Networ)