HLPF Side Event: Integrating national environmental agendas and public and private investment to advance the SDGs in Latin America


6.30-8.00pm | Conference Room 7 | United Nations Conference Building, New York.

The Government of Ecuador with its co-hosts, the Government of Chile, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), UNDP and its Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) are excited to host this event showcasing how sound ecosystem and biodiversity management is essential for sustainable development and crucial in achieving multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Join us to hear from our high level panel including:

  • Mr. Tarsicio Granizo, Minister of Environment, Ecuador
  • Ms. Marcela Cubillos, Minister of Environment, Chile
  • Mr. Ricardo Jordan, Head of Human Settlements Division, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
  • Mr. José Agusto Briones, National Secretary for Development Planning, Ecuador (SENPLADES)
  • Moderator: Ms. Adriana Dinu, Director of Sustainable Development (Environment) a.i., UNDP

Sound ecosystem and biodiversity management serves as a cornerstone in the transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies. Latin America is leading the way to develop strategies and moving towards sustainable and greener economies across the continent.

SDGs  14 ‘Life under the Sea’ and 15 ‘Life on Land’ play a particularly important role for biodiversity finance. In addition, biodiversity and natural capital also contribute to climate change action, food security, health, water, energy, poverty reduction and gender equality goals.

While the current levels of finance for achieving both biodiversity targets and the SDGs is increasing; there are large gaps, globally and at the national level. We will explore how countries are advancing to meet the SDGs; and how ecosystems, biodiversity finance and SDGs are interlinked. We will highlight strategies and initiatives mobilising new resources and better managing existing resources that contribute to the SGDs and lead to more sustainable and resilient societies.

Many countries in Latin America, working closely with other public, private, and civil society stakeholders, has strengthened their fiscal and development planning in ways that ensure sustainability and resilience.

We will emphasize country experiences in piloting national finance solutions, such as results-based budgeting, green and blue bonds, impact investment and many others that safeguard biodiversity and the ecosystems services that impact the lives and livelihoods of local communities and vulnerable groups and underpin broader societal well-being and green economic growth.

Learn how collective actions among the Latin American countries could accelerate the improvement of ecosystems, habitats and biodiversity management, taking into account iconic species such as jaguar.