In January 2021 Lake Baikal Foundation has been granted Accreditation as an observerof to the United Nations Environment Assembly of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and its subsidiary bodies.
Representatives of Lake Baikal Foundation participated in the Global Major Groups and Stakeholder Forum (GMGSF), which took place on 9th, 10th and 11th of February 2021 prior to the United Nations Environment Assembly on the environment.
Taking into account the particular role of the civil society in solution of environmental problems, the UN Environment Programme engages public representatives in partnerships, dividing their thematic directions into 9 major groups (NGOs, children and youths, women, farmers, representatives of business sector and industry) and other stakeholders. The Global Forum is navigated in order to help major groups and stakeholders to prepare their contribution into participation in the United Nation Environment Assembly.
Major Groups prepared the collective draft with suggestions and official statement on the UNEA this year agenda. This year it is dedicated to the straightening action for nature and will occur online on the 22nd and 23rd of February.
Participants of the sessions emphasized that at the moment the humanity faces the triple environmental crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. Those all are direct threats to the ecosystems and humanity. Representatives of stakeholders underlined that in order to fight crises it is necessary to boost global environmental decision-making. Also participants mentioned that existing economic systems as well as production and consumption systems are detrimental for the planet and urged to develop environmental law and support initiatives, related to biodiversity conservation.
Lake Baikal Foundation is grateful for the possibility to present and participate in the discussions about conservation of unique world ecosystems. A lot of suggested ideas, articulated during the sessions, are aligned with values of the Foundation. We seek to support initiatives on water resources and biodiversity protection, development of sustainable consumption and eco-education.