2020 – IPBES


On the theme Biodiversity

In 2020 the award was handed out to The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services - IPBES. The organisation is headquartered in Germany but the IPBES secretariat receives this award on behalf of our 136 member States and dedicates it to the thousands of scientists, knowledge-holders and stakeholders who have already contributed so much of their time and expertise to our work.

Amongst other endeavours, IPBES published the report that confirms that around one million of Earth’s estimated eight million species of plants and animals are now threatened with extinction, many within decades.

In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, two of the goals specifically targets ecosystems and biodiversity – on land and in water. But the truth is, biodiversity and nature’s contributions to people are essential for us to succeed in all of the 17 goals. To ensure our future food production, access to fresh water, saving the climate, and in order to control diseases the issue requires far more attention on the political agenda. Because even though it is crucial for all life on Earth, the threat against biodiversity is today greater than ever.

As the world’s first and only intergovernmental platform for biodiversity, IPBES is providing knowledge as well as tools to protect, and sustainably access nature’s vital resources. The organisation brings people of knowledge and experience together with stakeholders and decision makers from all regions of the world, and together they are laying the groundwork for a new agenda. For its assiduous and scientifically credible work, IPBES is now rewarded with the world-leading sustainability award, WIN WIN Gothenburg Sustainability Award, including the prize of one million SEK.

The Jury's motivation

The biodiversity on Earth is crucial to human survival and the need to raise the issue on the agenda for the world’s decision makers to a corresponding level is therefore great and urgent. The work to disseminate knowledge and awareness of the importance of biodiversity is therefore of crucial importance.

IPBES has had a decisive role in outlining the drivers of biodiversity loss, communicating the magnitude of the problem and laying the groundwork for a new agenda and transformative change in relation to biodiversity. Through their methodology, which includes research in both natural and social science as well as including the importance of indigenous peoples’ knowledge and experience, they have increased the opportunities for evidence-based decision making by policymakers.

Since its inception in 2012, by engaging and uniting the world’s nations around the issue of biodiversity, IPBES has played a crucial role in setting the groundwork for the change we need to address this crisis in the near future.

Learn more about IPBES and their work on their website.