The summit in Nagoya has produced new global agreements. Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers (Forest and Nature Policy) attended on behalf of the Dutch scientific community. How much do the new agreements mean?
There was discussion about that at Nagoya too: should we set ourselves realistic goals or not? The European countries were particularly keen to go home with ambitious targets. Whereas the developing countries said: then you must finance them too. The targets for 2020 should be seen as a wishlist: this is what we ought to want to do together.
Actually, ten years is too short, as well. You should say now: in twenty years time our economies must be sustainable. Then you get all the sectors round the table to talk about how we are going to make that happen. How do you change from a 'bad guy' to a 'good guy'? The problem is, who is going to make the first move? Who is going to stand up and organize it? That demands leadership, which is lacking. In the field of sustainability, anyway.
An international summit like this is for making policy. That came home to me in Nagoya. If you put a bunch of policymakers together for two weeks, you'll get a new policy. But policy is not really enough. Let's stop making new policies and start implementing them for a change. That requires a difference type of organization at international level. Fewer summits, for example.'