French Ameri-Can Climate Talks - Biodiversity (FACT-B)

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Following the success of the French Ameri-Can Climate TalkS (FACTS) created in the lead-up to COP21 and on the series dedicated to oceans (FACT-O), the Embassies of France in the United States and Canada are launching the French Ameri-Can Climate Talks - Biodiversity (FACT-B) in 2019.

The goal of FACT-B is twofold: to raise public and decision makers’ awareness in France, the United States, and Canada, as well as to reinforce exchanges between scientists and experts on biodiversity issues. This new series of high-level conferences will bring together French, American, and Canadian speakers from academia, government agencies, NGOs, and think tanks.

FACT-B is part of France’s broader efforts to make biodiversity conservation a priority at the international level, in the same way as the fight against climate change. The science diplomacy initiatives on biodiversity issues to be led by the French diplomatic network in North America in 2019 will echo the organization of major events in France in 2019 and 2020:

  • The 7th Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in Paris from 29 April to 4 May 2019;
  • The G7 Summit, one of whose priorities will be biodiversity conservation, in Biarritz from 24 to 26 August 2019;
  • The 7th World Conservation Congress of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Marseille from 11 to 19 June 2020.

Two series of conferences will be held in major cities on the East Coast (Washington D.C., Chicago, and Toronto) and on the West Coast (Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Vancouver) in spring 2019. For each series, two French speakers (from academia and civil society) will travel and have the opportunity to discuss with different American and Canadian speakers in every city.