AWF at COP15

AWF at COP15

AWF at COP15

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The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was established to address global biodiversity loss and it is guided by three objectives: conservation of biological diversity, sustainable use of the components of biological diversity, and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources.

AWF’s approach to COP15 and the CBD at large is to support African leaders at all levels to convene and articulate African priorities relating to the three CBD objectives. We believe conservation in Africa can only succeed if African stakeholders across society define and own the conservation agenda – and take responsibility for building a future for the continent where people, wildlife and the ecosystems both depend upon thrive.

Our goals for the conference include:

  • African leaders are shaping narratives that inform the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
  • Wide support by African countries of outcomes from the July 2022 Africa Protected Area Congress (APAC) and that those outcomes are reflected within the Africa common position
  • African youth, women and Indigenous peoples and local communities are meaningfully engaged with the COP process
  • The financing gap for biodiversity conservation in Africa is meaningfully addressed, through endorsement of new approaches such as a Pan-Africa Conservation Trust (APACT)

We have supported preparation for COP15 across partners and network groups, including the African Group of Negotiators (AGN), the African Civil Society Biodiversity Alliance (ACBA), and the Global Youth Biodiversity Network, Africa (GYBN-Africa). In addition, we have provided training and professional development opportunities to AWF’s Charles R. Wall Young African Policy Fellows, several of whom are attending CBD COP15.

Find Us at CBD COP15

Charly Facheux

Senior Vice President, Conservation Strategy

Eric Coppenger

AWF Chief of Staff

Fred Kumah

AWF Vice President, Global Leadership

Eileen Kairu

AWF Strategic Communications Manager

Indekhwa Anangwe

AWF Senior Policy Officer

Kaija Emmanuel

AWF Wall Policy Fellow, Uganda

Maureen Onyango

AWF Executive Assistant

Muderhwa Nshombo Gervais

AWF Wall Policy Fellow, DRC

Ndey Amie Jobe

AWF Wall Policy Fellow, Gambia

Norbert Sonne

AWF Country Director, Cameroon

Oliviah Chepkemoi Tawarar

Communications, ACBA

Simangele Msweli

AWF Senior Manager, Youth Leadership Program

Wellington Matsika

Policy and Partnership Officer, AWF Wall Policy Fellow, Zimbabwe

Sthembile Ndwandwe

AWF Wall Policy Fellow, South Africa

Yemi Katerere

ACBA Coordinator

For media inquiries contact: Eileen Kairu, AWF Strategic Communications Manager, Ekairu@awf.org

Our Events at COP15

Side Event: COP15 Youth Forum

Simangele Msweli, the AWF Youth Program Senior Manager will be speaking at the CBD COP15 Youth Forum alongside a diverse panel from all regions across the globe. This session is convened by the Global Youth Biodiversity Network and the Government of Canada

Dec. 6, 2022 | 11:00-12:00 | Grand Quai

Lead organizers:

GBYN

Government of Canada

Engagement team:

Speaker: Simangele Msweli

COP15 Official Opening Ceremony

Simangele Msweli, the AWF Youth Program Senior Manager has been invited by the CBD Secretariat as the global youth representative who will speak on behalf of the CBD Alliance during the official opening session of the conference

The Livestream can be accessed here

Dec. 7, 2022 | 10:00-13:00 | Plenary

Lead organizers:

CBD Secretariat

Engagement team:

Speaker on behalf of CBD Alliance: Simangele Msweli

Side Event #4439: How a human rights-based approach can deliver a truly transformative and just post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

The African CSOs Biodiversity Alliance (ACBA) will be co-hosting a side event with the SwedBio focusing on how a human-rights based approach can deliver a truly transformative and just post-2020 GBF.

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Dec. 8, 2022 | 18:15 | Side event room 1

Lead organizers:

SwedBio

Engagement team:

ACBA

People and Nature #SharedWisdom Exhibition

The African CSOs Biodiversity Alliance (ACBA) in collaboration with China’s Civil Society Alliance for Biodiversity Conservation (CSABC) have curated Images and motion media from different parts of the world to showcase how local communities living as a part of nature highlighting their authentic stories at the People and Nature Exhibition throughout the conference

Click here to read more on the #SharedWisdom initiative

Dec. 8-17, 2022 | China Exhibition

Lead organizers:

CSABC

Engagement team:

ACBA

Side Event: Shared Wisdom: Traditions, Contributions and Future of Local Communities in Biodiversity Conservation

The African CSOs Biodiversity Alliance (ACBA) in collaboration with China’s Civil Society Alliance for Biodiversity Conservation (CSABC) will be co-hosting a side event dubbed ‘Shared Wisdom: Traditions, Contributions and Future of Local Communities in Biodiversity Conservation’

Dec. 9, 2022 | 12:00 –13:30 | China pavilion

Lead organizers:

CSABC

Engagement team:

ACBA

Side Event: China-Africa Dialogue on Biodiversity Conservation Collaboration

Fred Kwame, AWF’s Global Leadership Vice President has been invited by the China’s Civil Society Alliance for Biodiversity Conservation (CSABC) and the African CSOs Biodiversity Alliance (ACBA) to moderate a dialogue on China-Africa Collaboration on Biodiversity Conservation

Dec. 9, 2022 | 17:00–18:00

Lead organizers:

CSABC

Engagement team:

Moderator: Fred Kumah

Side Event: Debt, biodiversity and the climate crises: addressing fiscal barriers on the path to transformative change

The African CSOs Biodiversity Alliance(ACBA) alongside the Third World Network will be co-hosting a side event to discuss debt, biodiversity and the climate crises with a keen focus on addressing fiscal barriers on the path to transformative change

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Dec. 10, 2022 | 13:15 | Contact Group 5

Lead organizers:

Third World Network

Engagement team:

ACBA- Yemi

Side Event: Shared spaces approach to a nature and people positive future.

Simangele Msweli, the AWF Youth Program Senior Manager has been invited to moderate a session co-convened by African CSOs Biodiversity Alliance (ACBA) and CORDIO East Africa set to discuss the shared spaces approach to a nature and people positive future.

Dec. 12, 2022 | 11:30–12:30 | Nature pavilion, small room

Lead organizers:

CORDIO East Africa

African CSOs Biodiversity Alliance

Engagement team:

Moderator: Simangele Msweli

Lead: David Obura

Side Event: Enhancing youth engagement in the implementation of the Post2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Dec. 13, 2022 | 13:15–15:00 | CBFP Pavilion

Lead Organizer:

AWF

Panelists:

Simangele Msweli, AWF Senior Manager, Youth Program
Arona Soumare, Principal Climate Change and Green Growth Officer, African Development Bank
Fred Kwame Kumah, AWF Vice President, Global Leadership
Kwame Ababio, AUDA-NEPAD, Energize Africa

Moderator: Indekhwa Anangwe, AWF Senior Policy Officer

Side Event: Proceeding from Kunming: Voluntary Pledge Actions of Non-State Actors Help Achieve Post-2020 GBF Goals

This side event will discuss the voluntary conservation initiatives of civil society organizations, commercial corporations, internet firms and local communities. In particular, the event will showcase the progress of initiatives and voluntary commitments from the COP15 NGO Parallel Forum in Kunming, best conservation practices of indigenous peoples and local communities, and voluntary actions between the civil society and the private sector for biodiversity conservation.

Proceeding from Kunming: Voluntary Pledge Actions of Non-State Actors Help Achievepost-2020 GBF Goals

Dec. 13, 2022 | 18:15 | China Pavilion

Lead organizers:

CSABC

Engagement team:

Lead: ACBA

Side Event: Does the GBF Respond to the Transformative Change Needed to Save Biodiversity?

In this time of multiple crises, we need a GBF that is strong and genuinely sets out what is needed to defend biodiversity, ecosystems and the people who live closest to them, for all our sakes. In this side event CBD Alliance members will look at some of the major issues that threaten to fatally weaken the GBF.

Side Event Details

Dec. 15, 2022 | 13:15 | JUSCANZ Meeting Room

Lead organizers:

CBD Alliance

Speaker:

Speakers: ACBA

Side Event: Wildlife and Luxury Industry

Dec. 15, 2022 | 17:00 | EF- EU Post 2020 Project Stand

Lead organizers:

EF- EU Post 2020 Project and LVMH Group

Speaker:

Lead: Simangele Msweli

Side Event: Implementing the Global Biodiversity Framework: NaturAfrica, an EU Flagship for People and Nature

Side Event Details

Dec. 15, 2022 | 18:15 | SIDS Meeting Room

Lead organizers:

AWF & European Union

Speaker:

Fred Kumah

AWF Resources

African CBD Negotiators Welcome Proposed A-PACT Biodiversity Financing Model

African Negotiators Convene to Discuss Synergies within Wildlife and Biodiversity Interventions

AWF Supports African Civil Society in Building A Strategic Framework