The variety of life on Earth is being lost at an unprecedented rate. Now more than ever, the health of our planet requires us to recognize our complex, interdependent relationships with nature. During this opening plenary, keynote speakers will interact with the online community to frame the wicked problems of biodiversity loss alongside land degradation, climate change and the emergence of zoonotic pandemics. We kick off the conference with a call for a One Health approach, spotlighting the essential role of biodiversity and setting the scene for building back better.
Ashok SridharanMayor of Bonn
President of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
Jay GriffithsAward winning author
Advocate of nature
Elizabeth MremaExecutive Secretary
UN Convention on Biological Diversity
Shahid NaeemE3B Professor, Chair of the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
Laura H. KahnPhysician and Research Scholar
Program on Science and Global Security at the Princeton University School of Public and International Affairs
Yolanda Kakabadse NavarroFormer Minister of Environment for Ecuador
In the months preceding the GLF, participating organizations and individuals will connect, share, learn and act around five themes:
View the action-packed calendar of GLF online and in-person gatherings, as well as those of our partners.
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