Regions raise ambition for biodiversity action during COP14

The 6th Global Biodiversity Summit of Local and Subnational Governments (23-24 November 2018, in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt) will be an official event, parallel to COP14, co-organized by nrg4SD, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and ICLEI. The event will gather regional and local leaders of all over the world as well as representatives from the CBD Parties, UN Agencies, the private sector and civil society organizations. The main objective of the Summit will be to promote biodiversity mainstreaming into planning processes and economic sectors particularly in cities and regions.

Additionally, regional leaders will have the opportunity to speak at the High-Level Segment, composed of three different Roundtables, as well as in the six Focus Sessions on cross-cutting issues such as the coordination and vertical alignment of biodiversity strategies and action plans across all levels of government, ecosystem-based approaches and the subnational contribution to the post 2020 global biodiversity framework.

The totality of the program is central to the contribution of subnational authorities towards the safeguard of biodiversity. Specifically, Focus Session 5: “Regional governments towards 2020 and beyond: mainstreaming biodiversity across all sectors in the context of the SDGs” (24 November – 10:00 – 11:30), will highlight the instrumental importance of regional leadership in the definition of a post-2020 framework. This session will be chaired by nrg4SD’s President for the South, Governor of Azuay (Ecuador) Paul Carrasco and facilitated by nrg4SD’s President for the North, Ms. Joke Schauvliege, Minister for Environment, Nature and Agriculture of the Government of Flanders (Belgium).

Focus Session 8:“Roadmap for local and subnational mobilization towards CBD COP15″  will provide partners with the opportunity to agree on a common ambition and designing a Roadmap towards the CBD COP 15 in 2020. It will allow for critical assessment on where we are, what we have achieved and what is yet to be done. The newly shared ambition will make the case for stronger cooperation and involvement of subnational governments in the planning and preparation of the post-2020 strategies the CBD parties will adopt.

The full program of the 6th Global Biodiversity Summit of Local and Subnational Governments can be consulted here.

Other side-events organised by nrg4SD

At the official venue of COP 14, nrg4SD will host the side-event “Regional Governments: a cross-sectional approach to accelerate global ambitions in Climate Change, Biodiversity and SDGs” (25 November  – 18:15) in which member regions will share experiences, tools and lessons learned regarding the coherent integration of the Paris Agreement, the 2030 Agenda and other relevant global frameworks, reinforcing the message included in nrg4SD’s declaration “Regional Governments – The Key to Mainstreaming Biodiversity Across Sectors”.

On the 26 November, the Advisory Committee of Subnational Governments and Biodiversity (AC SNG) will participate, among other partners, in the COP 14 side-event “Towards a New Deal for Nature and People: An Action Plan for Local and Subnational Governments” (26 November – 13:15). This side event is hosted under the auspices of the Global Partnership on Local and Subnational Action for Biodiversity and it marks the launch of the Subnational Coalition for Biodiversity Action (SCBA) and its Plan of Action 2018-2020, reaffirming the commitment of subnational governments towards the realization of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the global biodiversity agenda.

Also on 26 November (10:00), the members of the Regions for Biodiversity Learning Platform (R4BLP), Quebec, Palawan, Sao Paulo and Aichi, will organize the side-event “Empowering Subnational Governments to Implement the CBD and the ABT through Innovation, Cooperation and Collaboration”, on the margins of the Communication, Education and Public Awareness Fair (CEPA Fair). The event will showcase the results of the platform after two years of learning exchanges and contributions to the CBD dialogues and will feature the launch of the report “Global challenges: regional solutions”.

More information about the events and activities of subnational governments at the UN Biodiversity Conference can be consulted on nrg4SD’s and ICLEI’s briefing report. Download it here.


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