The EU Green Week conference, the central EU event dedicated to environment policy, is taking place from 19 to 22 October 2020, in an entirely virtual format, on the theme of nature and biodiversity. Join three days of exciting virtual discussions on how protecting and restoring nature can stimulate recovery and create jobs, helping us to build more resilient and healthier societies.
After the adoption of a new EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 in May, EU Green Week will highlight the contribution biodiversity can make to society and the economy, and the role it can play in supporting and stimulating recovery in a post-pandemic world, bringing jobs and sustainable growth.
The new strategy shows how the recovery is an opportunity for a fresh start, in the knowledge that transformative change is possible. It’s a chance to rethink our relationship with nature, to change the activities that are driving biodiversity loss and the wider ecological crisis, and to weigh up the implications for our economy and society.
EU Green Week will examine how EU policies such as the European Green Deal can help protect and restore nature, leaving it room to recover and thrive.
This year’s virtual conference will also act as a milestone on the path to the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity, now planned for 2021, where world leaders will adopt a 10-year action plan for biodiversity – a new global deal for people and nature.
Join us for a number of exciting sessions and provocative speakers, from the opening session reflecting on the notion of a new beginning for nature and people, as we recover and rebuild after COVID-19, to the closing session that takes us forward on the road to Kunming and the crucial Paris-like Biodiversity Summit.
What lessons can we draw from the crisis?
What contribution can biodiversity make to society and the economy, and what role can it play in supporting and stimulating recovery in a post-pandemic world?
After Covid, we know that radical changes can happen fast. What we don't yet know is how to make the most of this new beginning, for people and nature.
Why is it so difficult to get political leaders to take biodiversity loss seriously, when natural capital plays such a fundamental role in our lives?
What are the short-term priorities for action? And what can citizens do to speed the process of change?
Join us at EU Green Week and find some answers!