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Leading environment, innovation and system design thinkers and analysts agreed to catalyze the creation of a movement to safeguard the Global Commons of clean air and water, biodiversity and a stable climate through innovative solutions and community engagement.

The Dialogue provided an opportunity to discuss the consequences of increasing environmental degradation that is taking the world out of the “safe space” of benign climatic and ecological conditions that have supported the development of human civilization.

14 October 2016: Leading environment, innovation and system design thinkers and analysts agreed to catalyze the creation of a movement to safeguard the Global Commons of clean air and water, biodiversity and a stable climate through innovative solutions and community engagement, at a dialogue convened by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), in partnership with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Stockholm Resilience Centre, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Economic Forum (WEF) Environmental Systems Initiative.

The International Dialogue on Our Global Commons was hosted by the National Academies of the Sciences of the US, and convened from 12-13 October 2016, in Washington, DC, U.S.

The Dialogue provided an opportunity to: assess the evidence on pressures to our global commons; discuss how to disrupt the systems that drive these pressures; and discuss the consequences of increasing environmental degradation that is taking the world out of the “safe space” of benign climatic and ecological conditions that have supported the development of human civilization.

The participants agreed on a “shared purpose” to create a movement to defend, enhance and sustain the Global Commons through: the protection of global biodiversity; development of innovative solutions for complex, interdependent problems; and engaging communities with both top-down and bottom-up approaches.

The International Dialogue was preceded by a Science Day on 11 October 2016. [GEF Press Release] [GEF Global Commons Website] [IUCN Global Commons Website][IISD RS coverage]


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