Conferencia de Desarrollo Global 2023: Biodiversidad y desarrollo sostenible

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Agregar a calendario 2023-10-31 08:00:00 2023-11-01 18:30:00 Conferencia de Desarrollo Global 2023: Biodiversidad y desarrollo sostenible El tema de la Conferencia sobre Desarrollo Mundial de 2023 es "Biodiversidad y desarrollo sostenible". Integrar la biodiversidad ya no es un lujo sino una urgencia. Es crucial integrar acciones o políticas relacionadas con la biodiversidad en procesos o políticas de desarrollo más amplios, como los destinados a reducir la pobreza o abordar el cambio climático. Información acerca del concurso de fotografía: Concurso de Fotografía Campus Cumbayá, Universidad San Francisco de Quito USFQ America/Guayaquil public
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The theme for the 2023 World Development Conference is 'Biodiversity and Sustainable Development.' Integrating biodiversity is no longer a luxury but an urgency. It is crucial to incorporate actions or policies related to biodiversity into broader development processes or policies, such as those aimed at reducing poverty or addressing climate change.

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Thematic Blocks

The conference aims to address the following thematic blocks:

  • Alternative Nature-Based Solutions for Sustainability Challenges (Including Indigenous Peoples' Perspectives)
  • From Ecosystem Valuation (Methodological Approaches) and Political Commitments to the Implementation of the New GBF
  • Biodiversity Integration and Widening Integration
  • Biodiversity Loss, Poverty, and Global Inequality: Links and Compensations
  • Nature and Biodiversity Financing – National, International, Private Sector
  • Biodiversity Governance – Local and International
  • Technology and Innovation: Links with Biodiversity and Ecosystem Preservation
  • Interdisciplinary Research and Capacity Development, Including Diverse Knowledge Systems.

Scientific Committee

A Scientific Committee has been formed with leading figures in the field to help identify plenary speakers, validate the conference themes and promote the event in their communities. They will also participate in the final selection stage of the shortlisted papers and session proposals received through the open calls for papers. Of course, some of the members of the Scientific Committee may also be speakers at the conference. An organizing committee has also been formed with representatives of the conference co-hosts who will play a key role in the management of the event.


DAY 1: OCTOBER 31, 2023
8:00 – 9 :00 Conference Registration
9:00 – 9:45 Opening Ceremony


GDN - Jean-Louis Arcand, President, Global Development Network (GDN)

USFQ – Representative’s name to be provided

Future Earth - Judit Ungvari, Co-Lead, Research and Innovation

AFD Representative - Jean-Philippe Berthelemy, Deputy Director, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Quito

City Council of Quito - [Name to be provided]

Government - [To be confirmed]
9:45 – 10:00 Setting the Stage – Video message

Elizabeth Mrema, Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
10:00 – 11:30 Plenary A | Setting the Stage: What is at Stake with Biodiversity Loss and How Do We Enable Nature Positive Development Pathways for Sustainability Challenges?


[In-person] Jean-Louis Arcand, President, Global Development Network (GDN)


[In-person] Carolina Rosero Cordero, Amazon Program Director, Conservation International, Ecuador

[Virtual] David Cooper, Acting Executive Secretary, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

[Virtual] Partha Dasgupta, Professor, University of Cambridge

[Virtual] Simon Levin, Professor, Princeton University and Director, Center for BioComplexity, Princeton Environmental Institute

[Virtual] Thomas Elmqvist, Professor, Natural Resource Management, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University

[Virtual] Vanessa Ushie, Acting Director, African Natural Resources Centre, African Development Bank (ADB)
11:30 – 12:00 COFFEE-BREAK
12:00 – 13:00 Keynote | Bridging Science and Policy: Unlocking the Transformative Potential of Biodiversity Research


[In-person] Elena Lazos Chavero, Professor and Researcher, IISUNAM


[In-person] Marla R. Emery, Scientific Advisor, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research and Co-Chair, IPBES Sustainable Use of Wild Species Assessment
13:00 – 14:00 LUNCH
Panel 1.1 |

Nature-positive trade for sustainable development: How can trade support the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework?


Marianne Kettunen, Senior Policy Expert and Advisor, TRADE Hub


Bianca Lisboa Da Camara Brasil, Programme Manager for Business Engagement, UM-CBD

Beatriz Fernandez, Policy Officer, UNEP Trade and Environment Hub

Paulo Durval Branco, Deputy Director, International Institute for Sustainability (IIS), Brazil / TRADE Hub

Iraoya Austine, Research Associate, Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa (CSEA)

Giovanni Ginatta, Biotrade expert and formal director of UNCTAD BioTrade in Ecuador

Felipe Carazo, Head of Public Sector Engagement, Tropical Forest Alliance / World Economic Forum
Panel 1.2 |

Green and blue infrastructure to reduce the risk of disasters aggravated by climate change


Elisa Sevilla, USFQ


Santiago Sandoval, Secretary of Environment, Quito Municipality

Paulina Cubillos, Tomorrow’s Cities Hub. Colegio de Arquitectos/USFQ

Pablo Zapata, La Delicia Zonal Administration, Quito Municipality

Stefan Simis, Earth Observation of Inland and Coastal waters, Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Panel 1.3 |

Call for Papers 1 – Shortlisted applicants – Theme to be announced


François Bourguignon, Chaire émérite, Paris School of Economics
Panel 1.4 |

AFD-GDN Biodiversity and Development Awards


Francesco Obino, Head of Programs, GDN


Tyson Asfaw, Lecturer, Hawassa University Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources, Ethiopia / PhD Candidate, Antwerp University, Brussels

Lavenie Tawake, Environmental Project Manager and Coastal Management Specialist, University of the South Pacific, Fiji

Margaret Fafa, Lecturer, Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Malalatiana Razafindrakoto, Soil Ecologist and Taxonomist, FADES c/o Laboratoire des RadioIsotopes, Madagascar

Nam Vu Hoang, Associate Professor of Economics, Faculty of International Economics, Foreign Trade University, Vietnam
Session Organizers

Trade, Development and the Environment Hub (TRADE Hub)


Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
Session Organizers

Municipality of Quito - Clever Cities

USFQ - Tomorrow's Cities
Session Organizer

15:30 - 16:00 COFFEE-BREAK
16:00 – 17:30 Plenary B | Biodiversity Loss, Climate Change, Poverty and Global Inequality – Links and Trade-Offs


[In-person] Gerardo Della Paolera, Executive Director, Fundación Bunge y Born (Argentina) and Former GDN President


[In-person] Deshni Pillay, Chief Director: Biodiversity Information and Policy Advice, South African National Biodiversity Institute

[In-person] Francisco Gómez, Chief Operating Office, Terrasos

[In-person] Girma Kelboro Mensuro, Senior Researcher, Center for Development Research, University of Bonn

[Virtual] Anja Gassner, Science and Policy Advisor, Global Landscapes Forum

[Virtual] Priya Shyamsundar, Lead Economist, The Nature Conservancy
17:30 – 18:00 Session title to be announced - Municipality of Quito
18:00 – 19:30 Cocktail sponsored by Southern Voice regarding their 10th Anniversary

Poster session with a speed presentation (1 min)
DAY 2: NOVEMBER 1, 2023
9:00 – 10 :30 Plenary C | Financing Biodiversity Conservation and Nature-Based Solutions For Sustainability Challenges

SPONSOR: Hewlett Foundation


[In-person] Odile Conchou, Senior Advisor, Biodiversity and Finance, Agence Française de Développement (AFD)


[In-person] Gregory Watson, Principal Specialist, Biodiversity and Natural Capital, Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

[In-person] Luisa Montes, Founder and Director, Ecovalores and Chief Security Officer, Central de Corretajes (CENCOR)

[Virtual] Andrew Steer, Chief Executive Officer, Bezos Earth Fund

[Virtual] Christian Albert Peter, Practice Manager, Global Platforms Unit (SENGL), Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy, The World Bank

[Virtual] Sébastien Treyer, Executive Director, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)
10:30 – 11:15 Controversy | Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security, and Biodiversity: Balancing Production and Conservation Goals


[Virtual] Pierre Jacquet, Former GDN President


[Virtual] Jyotsna Puri, Associate Vice-President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

[In-person] Elena Lazos Chavero, Professor and Researcher, IISUNAM
11:15 – 11:30 COFFEE-BREAK
Panel 2.1 |

Private innovation and nature-based solutions for sustainable challenges


Susana Cardenas, USFQ


Carla Barboto, Founder and Executive Director Pacari

Carolina Proaño, Executive Director Grupo Futuro

Juan Jose Cardenas, Founder of EcoUrban and Thrive Experience
Panel 2.2 |

Challenges of mainstreaming Indigenous and local perspectives in biodiversity conservation: Experiences of knowledge co-production from Latin America.


Dr. Laila Sandroni. Specialist in transdisciplinary science for biodiversity conservation. Science Technology and Policy Fellow at the InterAmerican Institute for Global Change Research and associate researcher at the University of Brasilia, Brazil


Dr Patricia Balvanera, Center for Ecosystem Research (CIEcO) of the National University of Mexico (UNAM) in Morelia, Mexico.

Dr Victoria Reyes-Garcia, ICREA Research professor at the Environmental Science and Technology Institute, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Venezuela/Spain.

Dr Carlos Rodrigues, Practitioner in knowledge and conservation in the Colombian Amazon. Director at the Instituto Tropenbos, Colombia.

Inty Arcos, Project Coordinator to strengthen Socio-Environmental Governance in the Chocó Andino Commonwealth, with emphasis on Sustainable Land Management. Ecuadorian Italian Fund for Sustainable Development (FIEDS), Ecuador.

Dr. Diego Javier Inclan Luna, Managing Director at Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INABIO), Ecuador.
Panel 2.3 |

Call for Papers 2 – Shortlisted applicants – Theme to be announced
Panel 2.4 |

Urban Food Security and Food Sovereignty: sustainability challenges and strategies


Isa Olalekan Elegbede, Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU), Germany. Head of Research and Innovation @ Saeio Global. Fellow of the Future Earth Coasts (FEC). Deputy Chair, IUCN CEESP Governance, Equity and Rights Theme.


Yubari Carolina Valero Azuaje, Country Representative, AVSI ECUADOR Foundation

Ivan Borja, Adjunct Professor, Ana G. Mendez University, Puerto Rico. Adjunct Researcher, Institute for Advanced Studies on inequality, USFQ, Ecuador

Cheryl Martens, Associate Professor and Directory, Institute for Advances Stuides in Inequalities, USFQ

Karen Noboa, Director, Sustainable Development Departmen, Progressio Ecuador Foundation
Session Organizer

Session Organizer

Interamerican Institute for Global Change research
Session Organizers

13:00 – 14:00 LUNCH
Panel 3.1 |

Working with Indigenous and Local Community People for Co-creation of Solutions to Sustainability Challenges


Yoichi MINE, Executive Director, JICA Ogata Research Institute


Fumiko NOGUCHI, JICA Ogata Research Institute

Victor Paul Steffensen, WWF Australia

Tsyon Asfaw, University of Antwerp
Panel 3.2 |

Call for Papers 3 – Shortlisted applicants – Theme to be announced
Panel 3.3 |

Mainstreaming biodiversity in development policies: what contribution can research make to develop cross-functional public action? Illustrations with the ECOPRONAT program.


Odile Conchou, Senior Advisor, Biodiversity and Finance, Agence Française de Développement (AFD)


Alison Fairbrass, Lead researcher from University College London

Isaac Dyner, Researcher, National University of Columbia

Lisa Beyer, Manager, Urban Water Infrastructure, World Resources Institute (WRI)

Nicolas Salmon, Sustainability Researcher, CEO, Yes Innovation
Panel 3.4 |

Call for Papers 4 – Shortlisted applicants – Theme to be announced
Session Organizer

JICA Ogata Research Institute
Session Organizer

Agence Française de développement (AFD)
15:30 – 16:00 COFFEE-BREAK
16:00 – 17:30 Plenary D | Scaling up Biodiversity Mainstreaming and Ecosystem Valuation: persistent challenges and the role of inter-disciplinary research, indigenous knowledge and capacity building


[In-person] Marianne Kettunen, Senior Policy Expert and Advisor, GCRF Trade, Development and the Environment Hub (TRADE Hub)


[In-person] Gabriel Quijandría, Regional Director for South America, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

[In-person] Jessica Pacheco, Oficial de Programa – Bosques y Agua Dulce / Punto Focal de Vida Silvestre, WWF-Ecuador

[In-person] Laila Sandroni, Science Technology and Policy (STeP) Fellow, Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research

[In-person] Luciano Andriamaro, Director, Science and Knowledge Department, Conservation International, Madagascar

[Virtual] Suneetha M. Subramanian, Research Fellow, Biodiversity and Society Programme, UNU-IAS
17:30 - 18:30 Closing Ceremony – Key Takeaways

Awards Ceremony

2024 Global Development Conference Announcement
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