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 are organized in major cities on the West Coast and the East Coast of the United States and Canada. 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.

West Coast:

  • San Francisco, May 28, 2019
  • San Diego, May 29, 2019
  • Vancouver, May 30, 2019

East Coast:

  • Washington, D.C., June 18, 2019
  • Chicago, June 19, 2019
  • Toronto, June 20, 2019

In addition, a side event to the IPBES 7th Plenary on "Earth Optimism: What’s Working in Conservation" was organized by the Embassy of France in the United States the Smithsonian Institution as part of La Nuit de la Biodiversité in Paris on April 27.

  • Biodiversity: Is there hope? - FACT-B in Washington, D.C.

    The Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States and Smithsonian Conservation Commons are pleased to invite you to a French-American Climate Talk on Biodiversity (FACT-B) to be held on June 18, 2019 in Washington, D.C. on "Biodiversity and People".