UN Common Approach to Biodiversity

In the spring of  2021,  the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination endorsed the "Common approach to integrating biodiversity and nature-based solutions for sustainable development into the United Nations policy and programme planning and delivery", developed through the High-level Committee on Programmes.   

Through the common approach, the UN system commits to mainstream biodiversity and catalyse collective action to address the drivers of biodiversity loss, restore ecosystems and ultimately living in harmony with nature. It provides the normative framework, in a result-based structure, to organize collective action and joint delivery to mainstream biodiversity and nature-based solutions.  

By leveraging the convening power and expertise from across the UN system, the common approach on biodiversity will contribute to support the implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework in alignment with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.  

It contains 15 medium term objectives, in partnership with governments, business and civil society. They set the overall strategic intent, and each contribute to at least one of the three impact areas: (i) human rights, peaceful societies and planetary stability; (ii) a green and inclusive economic recovery; and (iii) strengthened institutions, accountability and justice.  

Additional information can be found on the biodiversity topic page. 

  • Biodiversity
  • Chief Executives Board (CEB)
  • High-Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP)
  • Common Approaches

Documents

  • A common approach to integrating biodiversity and nature-based solutions for sustainable development into the UN’s policy and programme planning and delivery

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  • Annex IV: 50+ ways to integrating biodiversity and nature-based solutions – a UN system commitment to collective action for people and planet

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