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.”


Press release


IPBES Statement 


THEME 2020


One million of planet Earth’s eight million different species are threatened with extinction. This fact also jeopardizes humanity’s own survival as a species.

Despite scientists’ insight that the biodiversity of the Earth is crucial for our existence, the issue tends to fall between decision makers’ areas of responsibility and does not receive the same attention as, for example, climate change.

The issue of biodiversity is complex and has a bearing on a very wide range of conditions for life on Earth – everything from clean water, raw materials and food production to genetic variation, inspiration for technical solutions and cures for diseases. The multifaceted and intractable nature of the significance of biodiversity must not contribute to an inability to act. We need solutions and initiatives in many areas to achieve Sustainable Development Goals numbers 14 and 15, which address ecosystems in the oceans and on land.

The jury for the WIN WIN Gothenburg Sustainability Award have sought out individuals and organizations that have helped bring attention to and/or achieved improvements in biodiversity – locally, regionally or globally. After many nominations there were five finalists: Dr. Jane Goodall, Nordens Ark, Lübeckmodellen, IPBES and Raoni Metuktire.





The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. The 17 Goals are all interconnected, and in order to leave no one behind, we must achieve them all by 2030.

Every year WIN WIN Gothenburg Sustainability Award select a theme that can be connected to one or more of the 17 SDG.


SDG 14 and 15 targets explicitly life below water and life on land. The protection of the biodiversity includes all ecosystems, animals, plants and the resources that we all depend on. The services from ecosystems are crucial for our food production, the world economy, for fighting diseases and not to forget: clean air and water. Therefor biodiversity can also be considered as a prerequisite for achieving many, if not all, of the other SDGs as well.

Read more about the United Nation’s SDGs