The new landscape of systemic risk and the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction
Friends of Ecosystem-based Adaptation

Palais des Congrès, UN Hub in the Place Québec


12:00 to 13:30 EST


Together with the Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR) and Friends of Ecosystem-based Adaptation (FEBA), the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) is convening an event in the UN Hub on Thursday, 15 December 2022 (12:00 to 13:30).

This event will explore the challenges and opportunities for understanding, managing and reducing systemic risk in a world that has been transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the triple planetary emergency, especially biodiversity loss. 

The increasingly cascading and compounding nature of risk requires a completely different approach to conventional disaster risk reduction and management, one that embraces the deeply coupled social-ecological consequences of the systemic nature of risk and focuses efforts on building resilient societies, which are underpinned by well-being economies founded on the principles of environmental, social and economic justice. 

Additionally, as Member States now turn their attention to the adoption of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, it is a critical moment to elevate the importance of the role of biodiversity and ecosystem-based approaches for reducing disaster and climate risks and the urgency of strengthening risk-informed approaches to biodiversity conservation. To do so, we need to reflect and learn from past experiences, identify emerging trends, and rethink our focus on how to ensure risk-informed development, while protecting, conserving, restoring and sustainably using and managing ecosystems.


  • Jane Madgwick, Executive Director, Wetlands International
  • Dr Angela Andrade, Chair of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management and Director of Environmental Policy, Conservation International
  • Jack O’Connor, Senior Scientist, Environmental Vulnerability Ecosystem Services, UNU-Institute for Environment and Human Security
  • Swetha Bhashyam, Global South Focal Point of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN)
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