The 14th meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity was held from 13-29 November 2018, in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt, and gathered parties, subnational and local governments, international and non-governmental organizations, indigenous peoples and local communities, academia and private sector around the very important discussions on the strategic, financial and ecosystem-related topics to the implementation of the Convention and its Protocols. Among the highlights, the Conference set up an open-ended working group on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, which will continue to explore on the matter.
Regarding the contribution of subnational governments to the discussions being held, the members of the Advisory Committee on Subnational Governments (AC SNG), platform coordinated by nrg4SD, launched the Subnational Coalition for Biodiversity Action, a document that represents the voice of subnational leaders from all over the globe who are fully committed to play their role in the global efforts to halt biodiversity loss, alongside the Parties to the Convention. The press conference in which the document was released was chaired by Dr. Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), who expressed the uniqueness of the proposal that includes a concrete plan of action. “Subnational governments are at the nexus of local, national and global action on biodiversity”, said Dr. Paşca Palmer who also congratulated nrg4SD and its efforts to coordinate the AC SNG.
COP 14 was also the host of the 6th Global Biodiversity Summit on Local and Subnational Governments, co-organized by nrg4SD, in which regional governments showcased their efforts towards the implementation of the ABTs and the SDGs on the ground.
Additionally, the CEPA Fair took place on the sidelines of COP 14 and gave the members of the Regions for Biodiversity Learning Platform the opportunity to launch the report “Global challenges, regional solutions: the R4BLP, two years of lessons learned”. The document highlights the the importance of decentralized initiatives to contribute to global efforts to halt biodiversity loss and includes discussions, best practices and lessons learned on topics such as agriculture and biodiversity, food security, invasive alien species, ecosystem-based approaches to climate change, the sustainable use of pollinators, marine and terrestrial protected areas and the regional implementation of the SDGs.
The inspiring and stirring leadership of subnational governments was applauded by the CBD Secretariat as well as the parties that joined nrg4SD’s events to witness what actions are being done on the ground, and more importantly, what future plans regional leaders have to materialize their contributions to halt biodiversity loss worldwide.