News | 19 Dec, 2023

Wrapping up 2023: Message from the CEESP Chair and Deputy Chair

As 2023 draws to a close, we proudly present the CEESP Midterm report, highlighting our collective progress since the IUCN Congress. This period has seen significant growth and transformative initiatives, reinforcing our commitment to reshaping conservation across our focus areas. As stewards of the planet, we reflect on our shared responsibility to safeguard it for future generations.

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CEESP remains dedicated to five core pillars: Policy, Leadership, Justice, Stewardship, and our mission to Reimagine IUCN. This commitment has united the Union and extended our influence, reshaping perspectives for planetary health.


Policy: CEESP advocates for sustainable resource management and equitable access to natural resources, emphasizing the Biodiversity and Climate Nexus. We work towards integrating CEESP principles into national and international policy frameworks.

Leadership: We invest in leadership development, aligning with IUCN's youth strategy to nurture emerging leaders, particularly among youth, leaving a lasting impact on the conservation community.

Justice: CEESP tirelessly advocates for the rights of marginalized communities, Indigenous Peoples, and environmental defenders. Our focus on environmental justice contributes to positive change, benefiting everyone.

Stewardship: CEESP supports Indigenous-led and locally-led stewardship, empowering communities with tools, resources, and recognition for effective stewardship.

Reimagine IUCN: Our call to "Reimagine IUCN" fosters collaboration, innovation, and adaptability, working towards a sustainable future.

As we navigate this quadrennium, our mission guides us through challenges and opportunities. We extend gratitude to the CEESP community for their dedication. Together, let us inscribe the next chapter in the story of conservation, persisting in reimagining our world and future.

Reflecting on COP28 in Dubai, it played a pivotal role in finalizing the Global Stocktake, setting a benchmark for climate action. The record attendance of approximately 350 Indigenous people marked a milestone for Indigenous participation, though significantly fewer than the 600 fossil fuel lobbyists at COP27 last year. Indigenous advocates at COP28 underscored the need to ensure climate change funding reaches their communities, recognize Indigenous knowledge as a solution, and prevent violations of their rights in the pursuit of green energy projects.

On the gender front, an inclusive and just transition can promote gender equality and empower women economically. A Gender-Responsive Just Transitions & Climate Action Partnership, endorsed by 68 Parties, highlights the importance of this approach.

Key COP28 decisions under the UAE Consensus are as follows:

  • Global Stocktake: Countries commit to transitioning away from fossil fuels, addressing forest loss, and increasing funding, with concerns about potential delays.
  • Financing: A historic agreement on the Loss and Damage Fund, with US$ 792 M pledged, recognizing impacts on vulnerable countries.
  • Carbon Markets: No final agreement on UN-run carbon markets, causing delays, but country-country trading continues.

While progress has been made, there is still much work to be done on the climate and biodiversity nexus. In early 2024, we will delve deeper into COP28 and anticipate discussions at the CBD COP16.

Wishing you all health and happiness in 2024.

Thank you for your continued commitment.


Kristen Walker Painemilla, Chair

Ameyali Ramos, Deputy Chair


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CEESP 2023 Midterm Report

ceesp 2023 midterm report