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IPBES receives the Win Win award

​Win win Gothenburg Sustainability Award is one of the world’s leading sustainability awards, and the prize consists of 1 000 000 SEK.​ Friday 22 May, on the International Day of Biodiversity, the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was awarded this year’s Win win Gothenburg Sustainability award. Amongst other endeavours, IPBES published the report ”Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services” that confirms that around one million of Earth’s estimated eight million species of plants and animals are now threatened with extinction, many within decades.​
IPBES is an intergovernmental science-policy platform and can be compared to IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change. IPBES was founded in 2012 and the organisation is since then gathering people of knowledge and experience together with stakeholders and decision makers from all regions of the world.

IPBES has had a decisive role in outlining the drivers of biodiversity loss, communicating the magnitude of the problem and laying the groundwork for a new agenda. According to the Win win Award jury, IPBES’ report ”Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services” from 2019,​ made information about biodiversity and ecosystems accessible to more than just experts and scientists.

“PBES has managed to summarize and explain the importance of biodiversity and the implication of the threat against it in a way that few others have. Thanks to their work, this issue is now finally in focus and that’s why it feels great to be able to present them as this year’s winner”, says Emma Dalväg, Chairperson of the jury.

Connected to UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Win win Award has during the past years been working on integrating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals into its annual themes. In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, two of the goals specifically targets ecosystems and biodiversity - on land and in water. Biodiversity and nature’s contributions to people are believed to be essential for the possibility to succeed in all of the 17 goals.

As the world’s first and only intergovernmental platform for biodiversity, IPBES is providing knowledge as well as tools to protect, and sustainably access, nature’s vital resources. IPBES executive secretary Dr. Anne Larigauderie points out that it is very significant that the award has been given in 2020 – the point at which decisions are being taken about the framework for global action on nature for the next decade. 

"The IPBES secretariat receives this award on behalf of our 136 member states and dedicates it to the thousands of scientists, knowledge-holders and stakeholders who have already contributed so much of their time and expertise to our work. This success is their success. This award is further proof that scientific expertise and better evidence must be at the heart of the decisions we take today about our shared future", says Dr. Anne Larigauderie.

Text: Julia Jansson
Photo: Unsplash/Boris Smokrovic

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About the award

Win win Gothenburg Sustainability Award:
This is one of the world’s leading sustainability awards, and the prize consists of 1 000 000 SEK. 

Win win Gothenburg Sustainability Award is a non-profit association financed by the City of Gothenburg, Region Västra Götaland and eleven other member organizations and companies, including Chalmers University of Technology. The winners of the award is appointed by an independent jury. The official award ceremony is planned to take place in Gothenburg, Sweden, in October this year.

The jury explains selecting IPBES for this year’s award as follows:
” The biodiversity on earth is crucial to human survival and the need to raise the issue on the agenda for the world's decision-makers to a corresponding level is therefore great and urgent. The work to disseminate knowledge and awareness of the importance of biodiversity is therefore of crucial importance.

IPBES has had a decisive role in outlining the drivers of biodiversity loss, communicating the magnitude of the problem and laying the groundwork for a new agenda and transformative change in relation to biodiversity. Through their methodology, which includes research in both natural and social science as well as including the importance of indigenous peoples' knowledge and experience, they have increased the opportunities for evidence-based decision-making by policy makers.

Since its inception in 2012, by engaging and uniting the world's nations around the issue of biodiversity, IPBES has played a crucial role in setting the groundwork for the change we need to address this crisis in the near future.”

Youth award:
There is also a Youth Award in sustainability. It was earlier a regional event in Västra Götaland, Sweden, but 2020 it is for the first time an international award. The Win win Youth Award aims to empower and reward young people who play an active role in the creation of a more sustainable future. Contributions from individuals, organisations and movements from all over the world, with members between the age 13 to 29 is welcome to take part.
Source: Win win Gothenburg Sustainability Award

Published: Mon 25 May 2020.