Rio Conventions Pavilion
Inaugurated in Nagoya, Japan at the CBD COP 10 in 2010, the Rio Conventions Pavilion is a collaborative platform that promotes synergies among the Rio conventions at the implementation level and showcases activities that link biodiversity conservation and sustainable use, SLM and efforts to combat desertification, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.
The Rio Conventions Pavilion at COP15 will focus on addressing the interlinked challenges of land degradation, climate change and biodiversity loss. It will open on 10 May and will operate daily from 08:00-19:00 until 18 May, except for Sunday, 15 May. The Pavilion will feature thematic days as follows
Detailed schedule of events:
- 10 May – High-level opening session
The high-level opening of the Pavilion will bring together the Presidencies and Executive Secretaries of the three Rio Conventions to explore synergies in global efforts to combat land degradation, climate change and biodiversity loss, with specific focus on UNCCD COP15, CBD COP15 and UNFCCC COP27.
- 11 May – Drought Day
The international community is developing policy measures and actions to help the people most vulnerable to drought to take early action to avoid loss of life, and the heavy and growing losses of livelihoods and damage to property and ecosystems following droughts. The Drought Day will be an occasion to discuss how to transform political commitments to action on drought resilience, including presentation of the relevant findings of the new report and recommendations of the Intergovernmental Working Group on Drought established at COP14. The Drought Day will also showcase effective drought response policies and projects on the ground from around the world and deliver a call to action to the COP.
09:30 – 11:00 High-level session
11:00 – 12:15 Session 2
12:15 – 13:30 Launch of new publications
- 12 May - Food Day
Many of the current global challenges are related to the food system, particularly the way that land is used and managed to produce food. Rapid decarbonization of all sectors is needed to achieve the 1.5 degrees Celsius target set in the Paris agreement, yet certain parts of the food system are still not included in climate negotiations and policy. Among the most pressing are the needs to mitigate and adapt to climate change, protect biodiversity, combat desertification and land degradation, and reduce yield gaps. Important to include the new focus on achieving land degradation neutrality (LDN) seeks to spark and grow transformative efforts to avoid, reduce, and reverse land degradation through gender-and socially equitable means.
09:00 – 10:00 High-level opening session: Importance of food systems Transformation to achieve Rio Convention objectives
10:00 – 11:00 My land, my rights: Legitimate tenure rights for food security, climate resilience and ecosystem restoration
11:30 – 12:30 Healthy Soil for a Healthy Planet: Building resilient food systems for increased food and nutrition security
13:30 – 14:30 Agrobiodiversity: Our past, our future
14:30 – 15:30 Food Systems Transformation – ways to strengthen implementation of the Rio Conventions
16:00 – 17:00 Guardians of our planet: The impact of women and indigenous groups to Food Systems transformation
17:00 – 17:30 Closing session: My diet, our health: Shifting consumption and diets for healthy people and healthy planet
- 13 May – Land for Life Day (including the GEF half-day)
The GEF session aims to give the floor to different stakeholders who have been involved in advancing the land degradation neutrality agenda including experiences of mainstreaming gender. Discussion will also involve key cross-cutting project issues that can ultimately affect the success and durability of the LDN targets countries have set.
The Land for LIfe afternoon session aims to raise the awareness of the COP15 participants on how compelling sustainable land management is in addressing global issues such as poverty, food insecurity, water scarcity, climate change and human security. The winner of the Land for Life Award will share their success case.
9:00-12:00 GEF morning session: Land degradation neutrality: listening from experiences
Session 1: Land Degradation Neutrality: Listening to the voices on the ground
Session 2: Gender in LDN and landscape restoration
Session 3: LDN: Where we go from here?
13:15 – 18:00 Land for Life afternoon session
- Opening of Land for Life Day
- Interactive dialogue with Land Ambassadors: Their role in communicating for the SDGs
- Discussion: Youth engagement and role in communications
- Land restoration and the role of stakeholder engagement
- How do we take action: Young voices and women
- Closing session
18:00 – 20:30 Special event: Celebrating 10th anniversary of the Changwon Initiative and the UNCCD Land for Life Award
- 14 May – Science Day
Organized by the UNCCD Science-Policy Interface, the Science Day brings together a diverse and highly engaged audience of participants, including scientists, policy-makers, practitioners, students, journalists and representatives of civil society organizations and development agencies. Under the theme of “Science for Action: Land Restoration and Drought,” the Science Day will focus on these two key issues on the COP agenda.
8:00 – 13:00 Session 1: Land restoration
Reaching a desirable future
What we measure we can manage better
The next generation of key actors
13:00 – 16:00 Session 2: Drought
IPCC AR6 – Implications for Drought Risk
Measuring Progress towards Drought resilience
Nature-Based Solutions for Drought Risk Reduction
16:00 – 17:15 Closing session
- 16 May – Sand and Dust Storms Day
The Sand and Dust Storm (SDS) Day will serve as a platform to raise awareness about SDS, providing an opportunity for knowledge sharing and capacity development among stakeholders and partners involved in SDS related issues. They include representatives from affected countries involved in policy and decision making, implementation, science, field practitioners and local communities, as well as Coalition members. The outcomes of discussions will ultimately input to COP deliberations on SDS and other related fora.
8:00 – 12:30 Sharing knowledge on SDS management
13:00 –15:00 High-level interactive dialogue
15:15 – 18:00 Building resilience: SDS training
- 17 May – Land Restoration Day
Most countries and communities now recognize the urgent need to transform land governance and restore land-based natural capital to create meaningful jobs, reduce emissions, and restore harmony with nature. Whether in managed or natural ecosystems, these activities can only be sustained by targeted government policies and budget outlays, considerable shifts in consumer demand and corporate investment, and more inclusive and responsible governance – all of which must come together to support regenerative land and water management practices on the ground.
09:00 – 10:30 Land restoration for people and planet
10:45 – 12:15 Local actions for sustainable land management
12:30 – 14:00 Towards coherence of land-based Rio targets
14:15 – 15:45 Cost and benefit data on sustainable land management: Launch of a new GIZ/ELD-UNCCD-WOCAT tool
16:00 – 17:30 PBL’s assessment of the global potential for land restoration
17:45 – 19:15 Land Degradation Neutrality reporting, target setting and monitoring
- 18 May – Great Green Wall Day
Long considered only as a tree-planting program, the Great Green Wall Initiative is now perceived as a comprehensive integrated ecosystem management and rural development programme to combat land degradation and desertification, climate change, biodiversity loss, and poverty and food insecurity. A “Great Green Wall accelerator” was launched during the One Planet Summit in January 2021, to boost the implementation of the initiative in the 11 countries by supporting the emergence of multi-stakeholders’ initiatives designed in countries, and to better valorize the local actions already carried out in the field in support of the objectives of the Great Green Wall.
09:00 – 10:30 How to make Great Green Wall a success in 2030?
10:45 – 12:15 Monitoring tree cover and enhancing decision-making tools across Africa’s Great Green Wall
12:30 – 14:00 Inter-regional engagement to inform unified policymaking in sustainable land management and restoration
14:15 – 15:45 Participation of the Green Heart Foundation in the pan-African project for the construction of the Great Green Wall
16:00 ––17:30 Great Green Wall for an Inclusive and climate change-resilient development
17:45 – 19:15 Development and insecurity in the Sahel: from local challenges to international solidarity