UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration: From Commitments to Actions for Nature

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1 billion hectares have been committed for ecosystem restoration, and it is time to move from commitments to action. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration event spotlighted efforts across regions, sectors, and ecosystems to call for higher political ambition, financing, and action for nature.

The event provided a boost to the UN Decade's Call for World Restoration Flagships. At the end of the panel, a video was launched where world-class athletes Nirmal Purja, Husnah Kukundakwe and Molly Seidel urged governments and their partners to nominate their World Restoration Flagships.

Moderator: Salina Abraham, Regional Manager of the Global Landscapes Forum Africa Hub


  • Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director General, FAO
  • Inger Andersen, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UNEP
  • Steffi Lemke, Minister of Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection, Germany
  • Malik Amin Aslam, Federal Minister and Special Assistant on Climate Change to the Prime Minister of Pakistan 
  • Fernando Andrés López Larreynaga, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, El Salvador
  • Dr. Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO
  • Ambroise Fayolle, Vice-President of the EIB 
  • Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, CEO GEF
  • Vania Olmos Lau, Regional Facilitator for Latin America and the Carribean, UNEP Major Group for Children and Youth
  • Tim Christophersen, Head of the Freshwater, Land and Climate Branch, UNEP
  • Tiina Vähänen, Deputy Director of the Forestry Division, FAO

Audience: 50 in person, 711 online

Organized by: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), UNEP and GEF.