Public Lecture

Monday 22 October 2018, 18:00 - 19:00

Nature’s contribution to the 2030 Agenda

IUCN 70th Anniversary event

Auditorium Ivan Pictet
Maison de la paix, Geneva

The world has committed to an ambitious and clearly defined vision for a more equitable, sustainable and healthy planet by 2030. Nature stands out as a major contributor and prerequisite to delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). If we meet our ambitions to ensure nature’s contributions to these commitments, the odds of getting 2030 right will be greatly enhanced.

IUCN is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2018 and, with growing momentum to meet ambitious global goals, the wind toward sustainable development is finally at our backs. But there is no time to lose. Species are going extinct at alarming rates. Climate change is threatening communities, economies and the ecosystems on which they depend.

This conversation will examine the need for bold leadership to secure a healthy 2020-2030 decade. If we get biodiversity right, we can get 2030 right.

Welcome Words:

  • Philippe Burrin, Director, The Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • Ignazio Cassis, Federal Councillor, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Swiss Confederation

Keynote addresses:

  • HSH Prince Albert of Monaco
  • Audrey Azoulay, Director General, UNESCO
  • Simona Scarpaleggia, CEO, IKEA Switzerland

Reflections from IUCN:

  • Inger Andersen, Director General, IUCN


  • Liliana Andonova, Co-Director, Centre for International Environmental Studies, Professor, International Relations and Political Science, The Graduate Institute, Geneva

The discussion will take place in both French and English.

Organised in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

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