Announcing New Long-Term Global Contract with United Nations
Talking Transformation is very happy to announce a new long-term contract with the United Nations to use the power of dialogue to bring together farmers, local and indigenous communities, academics, business and policy-makers around the world to build a common agenda for action that values Nature, restores land and reduces climate vulnerability.
Talking Transformation will provide cutting-edge facilitation skills in both virtual and face-to-face settings to bridge the gap between science and policy, and bring in local people’s voices and knowledge to decision-making on land management, agriculture, forestry, trade, environment and climate change.
Talking Transformation will lead the methodology for the Trialogues which provide a unique, safe and creative space for understanding the ecological crisis and working out how to do things differently. The UNDP Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net) programme works to build capacity among all sectors to understand and take action on the results of some of the most far-reaching global assessments of Nature and its contributions to our economies, livelihoods and health. Working together with IPBES Inter-Governmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Talking Transformation will ensure that the global results are locally relevant and that local voices and knowledge feed into decision-making too.
BES-Net Phase II will be implemented in alignment with the IPBES Work Programme and contribute particularly to the platform’s Capacity-Building Rolling Plan. The initiative will support evidence-based policymaking, strategic planning and the implementation of transformative solutions for BES protection in 18 countries. It will also upscale methodologies and approaches tested under BES-Net Phase I, by extending the National Ecosystem Assessment support in four new countries and facilitating dialogues in 40 countries around the new global BES thematic assessments to be produced by IPBES.
“It is very timely to transform BES-Net from Phase I to more action-oriented Phase II in 2020, as we are going into a ‘biodiversity super year’”, said Anne Juepner, Director of the UNDP Global Policy Centre on Resilient Ecosystems and Desertification and Manager of the BES-Net initiative. “Nature is increasingly seen as one of the most effective ways to tackle a myriad of socio-environmental challenges and achieving sustainable development goals. In close partnership with UNEP-WCMC and UNESCO, we will support the countries to ensure that their effort towards nature-based solutions and commitment in implementing the post-2020 global biodiversity framework is underpinned by the best scientific evidence and the wealth of indigenous and local knowledge.”
MEET THE TEAM
Our multi-cultural team is made up of associate facilitators, policy advisors and environmental governance experts based in South America, Africa and the UK.