High Level Political Forum 2024 Virtual Side Event on COMDEKS


Societies in harmony with nature: building sustainable and resilient communities through the implementation of the Satoyama Initiative and the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework

This side event of the 2024 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will highlight the role of the Community Development and Knowledge Management for the Satoyama Initiative (COMDEKS) in achieving the SDGs and key targets under the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), including those on ecosystem restoration, protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs). It will highlight the role of local actors, civil society and local communities on designing and implementing innovative, inclusive, sustainable and locally-lead solutions that address the triple planetary crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. It will also discuss the linkages between poverty reduction, local resilience and empowerment and ecosystem restoration.  

The event will feature voices from both high-level experts and in-the-field practitioners to amplify their diverse knowledge and experiences, particularly on practical implementation of the Satoyama Initiative, COMDEKS, and the GBF. Participants will have the opportunity to share key experiences and lessons and explore means of upscaling and mainstreaming these into national and global policies. 


This event will be held online at 8:00–9:30 EDT (21:00–22:30 JST). 

Participation is open to all. Please register in advance.

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This event will be held in English. With translations to Spanish and French available virtually.


08:00 – 08:04 Opening

  • Marcos Neto (Assistant Administrator and Director, UNDP)

08:05 – 08:27 High-level Remarks

  • Ministry of the Environment, Japan (TBD): COMDEKS-4 and Japan’s Contribution to the GBF
  • Keiji Nishizawa (President, Keidanren Committee on Nature Conservation): Private Sector Contribution to COMDEKS and the GBF
  • Shinobu Yume Yamaguchi (Director, UNU-IAS): International Partnership on Satoyama Initiative and the GBF

08:28 – 08:32 COMDEKS Video

08:33 – 09:13 Overview of the Satoyama Initiative and COMDEKS & Panel Discussion

  • Kazuhiko Takeuchi (President, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies): Overview of the Satoyama Initiative and SEPLS
  • Rissa Edoo (COMDEKS Partnership Specialist, UNDP GEF-SGP): Overview of COMDEKS Phase 4

09:14 – 09:29 Q&A

09:30 Closing

  • Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) (TBD)


This side event is co-organized by the Keidanren Committee on Nature Conservation (KCNC), the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ), GEF Small Grants Programme at UNDP, the Secretariat of Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), the IPSI Secretariat and UNU-IAS. 


COMDEKS was launched in 2011 as a flagship program of the global Satoyama Initiative, which aims to build on mutually beneficial human-nature relationships, where the maintenance and development of socio-economic activities (including agriculture, fishing and forestry) aligns with natural processes. Phase 4 of COMDEKS will seek to catalyze and drive integrated local actions and provide concrete contributions to the implementation of the GBF, and promote the sustainable use of biodiversity resources at the socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes.