IRD, CIRAD and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have just signed a framework agreement for scientific cooperation during the One Planet Summit held in Nairobi (Kenya) on 14 March 2019. This multidisciplinary agreement concerns the major challenges of the global environment and sustainable development.

Michel Eddi, CEOof CIRAD, Jian Liu, Chief Scientist of UN Environment and Director of the Science Division, and Jean-Paul Moatti, CEO of IRD, during the signature of the framework agreement in Nairobi.

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The third edition of the One Planet Summit was held as a side event to the fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly, from 11 to 15 March 2019. “The 6th Global Environment Outlook, published for this occasion, confirms that most indicators on ecosystems in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are deteriorating”, says Jean-Paul Moatti, CEO of IRD. “Bridging the gap between science and policy is now a matter of urgency for the world”, adds Michel Eddi, CEO of CIRAD.

It is in this context of international mobilisation for the climate that IRD, CIRAD and UNEP signed a framework agreement for scientific cooperation.

At the heart of this agreement: conservation, the protection of natural resources and the preservation of biological diversity, which are key challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The focus is therefore on five areas of cooperation:

  • protecting marine and terrestrial biodiversity;
  • understanding and managing climate risks;
  • acquiring and managing environmental data;
  • studying soil degradation and land restoration programmes;
  • linkages between environment, society and health.