GOAL 15: Life on Land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss


Nature is critical to our survival: nature provides us with our oxygen, regulates our weather patterns, pollinates our crops, produces our food, feed and fibre. But it is under increasing stress. Human activity has altered almost 75 per cent of the earth’s surface, squeezing wildlife and nature into an ever-smaller corner of the planet.

Around 1 million animal and plant species are threatened with extinction – many within decades – according to the 2019 Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service. The report called for transformative changes to restore and protect nature. It found that the health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever, affecting  the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide.

Deforestation and desertification – caused by human activities and climate change – pose major challenges to sustainable development and have affected the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. Forests are vitally important for sustaining life on Earth, and play a major role in the fight against climate change. And investing in land restoration is critical for improving livelihoods, reducing vulnerabilities, and reducing risks for the economy.

The health of our planet also plays an important role in the emergence of zoonotic diseases, i.e. diseases that are transmissible between animals and humans. As we continue to encroach on fragile ecosystems, we bring humans into ever-greater contact with wildlife, enabling pathogens in wildlife to spill over to livestock and humans, increasing the risk of disease emergence and amplification.

UN AI Actions

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)
United Nations University (UNU)


13 October 2020
11:00 - 12:30 CEST, Geneva
Adam Fysh (United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)), Bilel Jamoussi (International Telecommunication Union (ITU)), Joanna Batstone (Monash Data Futures Institute)...
7 July 2021
12:30 - 14:00 CEST, Geneva
Ban Ki-Moon (United Nations), Valérie Masson-Delmotte (The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)), Yoshua Bengio ( Mila - Quebec AI Institute)...
16 July 2021
16:00 - 17:00 CEST, Geneva
Tapio Schneider (California Institute of Technology (Caltech)), Philip Stier (University of Oxford), Duncan Watson-Parris (University of Oxford)
16 February 2022
17:00 - 18:30 CET, Geneva | 11:00-12:30 EST, New York
Gustau Camps-Valls (Universitat de València), Manil Maskey (National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)), Duncan Watson-Parris (University of Oxford)...
15 March 2022
15:00 - 17:30 CET, Geneva | 22:00-00:30 CST, Beijing | 10:00-12:30 EST, New York
Maria Antonia Brovelli (Politecnico di Milano), Vasil Yordanov (‘Vasil Levski’ National Military University)
22 March 2022
15:00 - 17:00 CET, Geneva | 22:00-24:00 CST, Beijing | 10:00-12:00 EST, New York
Ashwin Pendyala (Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)), Suparna Bhattacharya (Hewlett Packard Labs), Ted Dunning (Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE))...
29 March 2022
15:00 - 17:30 CEST, Geneva | 21:00-23:30 CST, Beijing | 09:00-11:30 EST, New York
Maria Antonia Brovelli (Politecnico di Milano), Vasil Yordanov (‘Vasil Levski’ National Military University)
11 May 2022
17:00 - 18:30 CEST, Geneva | 11:00-12:30 EDT, New York | 23:00-00:30 CST, Beijing
Elizabeth Barnes (Colorado State University), Duncan Watson-Parris (University of Oxford), Philip Stier (University of Oxford)
7 June 2022
16:00 - 17:30 CEST, Geneva | 10:00-11:30 EST, New York | 22:00-23:30 CST, Beijing
Andrea Manara (International Telecommunication Union (ITU)), Barbara Ryan (World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC)), Brian Nicholls (AAM)...
10 June 2022
14:00 - 15:30 CEST, Geneva | 20:00-21:30 CST, Beijing | 08:00-09:30 EDT, New York
Eric White (World Economic Forum), Josef Kienzle (Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)), Lynette Tan (Shell)...
23 June 2022
17:00 - 18:00 CEST, Geneva | 08:00-09:00 PDT, California | 11:00-12:00 EST, New York | 23:00-00:00 CST, Beijing
Barbara Ryan (World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC)), Rebecca Moore (Google), Maria Antonia Brovelli (Politecnico di Milano)...
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