Pandas symbolize the plight of the world’s diminishing wildlife in the face of climate change and the loss of natural habitats. But that plight doesn’t affect just wildlife like the pandas – both biodiversity and healthy ecosystems are essential for improving and sustaining human wellbeing.
In fact, addressing the loss of biodiversity is one of the Sustainable Development Goals.
We hope the pandas will help inspire people to engage with the goals, and raise awareness of UNDP's efforts to promote sustainable development around the world.
Demographic changes, overconsumption, and the use of technologies that damage the environment, combined with climate change, are pushing our planet to its limits, and biodiversity losses we are now witnessing are diminishing the potential for sustainable development. UNDP is responding to this challenge by supporting countries to manage their ecosystems and biodiversity and our biodiversity and ecosystems portfolio is the largest in the UN system, covering 132 countries and over 500 projects with US$ 1.5 billion in funding.