Regions4 on its way to CBD COP15 to support subnational leaders in their advocacy efforts towards the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
December 7, 2022
The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) COP15, will take place in Montreal (Canada) from December 7 to 19. One of the highlights of this international meeting will be the adoption of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, a new global framework for managing nature 2030 with 21 targets and 10 ‘milestones’ proposed for 2030. Regions4 will be in the frontline, a pioneering international network that seeks to empower and position regional governments as the agents that can most directly act against the challenge posed by climate change and biodiversity loss.
The aim of Regions4 during this CBD COP15 is to support subnational leaders in their advocacy efforts towards the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, as coordinators of the Advisory Committee on Subnational Governments to the CBD, together with the Government of Quebec, and as partners of the Edinburgh Process. The post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework is a historical opportunity for subnational governments to be recognized for the role they will play in the implementation of the new framework, but also, to define the enabling conditions that will allow its successful implementation at all levels of government.
Regions4 and its partners are aiming for a stronger than ever presence at the COP15 and will co-host iconic events such as the 7th Summit for Subnational Governments & Cities: “Taking Action for Biodiversity”, dedicated to taking action and making commitments, with subnational governments and cities sharing and demonstrating inspirational biodiversity initiatives, solutions and achievements, and pivoting combined multi-level ambitions and engagement into measurable actions. At least 10 Regions4 members (Catalonia, Jalisco, Lombardy, Scotland, Paraná, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Wales, Yucatán and Québec), formed by a group of over 50 delegates, are attending which is an unprecedented number of subnational leaders at a Biodiversity COP.
Here is the information about the events that Regions4 will be supporting at CBD COP15:
|December 7 18:15 CBD COP 15 official venue, Room Side-event 2 – 512F.||CitiesWithNature and RegionsWithNature: Mobilizing funding, projects, commitment to take action and reporting at subnational levels (official side-event)||The side event will showcase CitiesWithNature and RegionsWithNature as the global platforms for mobilizing, inspiring and enhancing implementation and action by local and subnational governments to support their national governments in contributing towards the implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework and its 2030 Action Targets, and specifically through the implementation of the Plan of Action on Subnational Governments, Cities and Other Local Authorities for Biodiversity (2021-2030). More info here. |
|December 10, 15:00 CBD COP 15 official venue, Pavilion for Local and Subnational Governments||RegionsWithNature catalyzing biodiversity action and resources for implementation||A RegionsWithNature partners led event highlighting the potential of the platform to catalyze regional actions and develop resources to stop biodiversity loss at the subnational level of government. The event will showcase the CaseStudyDatabase as the tool to foster knowledge exchange and capacity building at the regional level of government. Regions engaged in the CSD will share their experience on putting into practice the objectives of the CBD and translating those good practices into learning. |
|December 11 & 12 Palais de Congrès de Montréal (blue zone)||7th Summit for Subnational Governments & Cities: Taking Action for Biodiversity||This main event is dedicated to taking action and making commitments, with subnational governments and cities sharing and demonstrating inspirational biodiversity initiatives, solutions and achievements, and pivoting combined multi-level ambitions and engagement into measurable actions. The Summit will center around three elements: Engage, Influence and Act. The outcome of this historic, action-oriented Summit will be presented formally by the hosts to the CBD COP 15 High Level Segment as a united message from the subnational constituency. Hosted by Quebec and Montreal, co-hosted by ICLEI, the SCBD and Regions4. |
|December 10 13:15 CBD COP 15 official venue, Business and Industry Organizations Meeting Room 514A .||Local solutions to global problems: How the Edinburgh Declaration highlights the critical role played by local, regional and subnational governments in delivering the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework||The event will showcase the success of the Edinburgh Process, considering best practices and emerging policies at subnational level from Edinburgh Declaration signatories around the globe. It will show how the Edinburgh Process has bridged the climate and nature agendas by highlighting how actions at all levels of government can deliver global goals. More info here.|
Also, and for the first time at a CBD COP, there will be a Pavilion associated to the 7th Summit for Subnational Governments and Cities from December 8 to 18. It will focus on subnational government and city actions and opportunities, what clearly demonstrates their elevated recognition and the biodiversity community of their significant contributions towards the implementation of the GBF. The Pavilion will showcase different activities daily and will offer subnational governments and cities, their partners and CBD Parties more opportunities than ever before to showcase their work, learn from others, and make the links between biodiversity, climate, water security, food security, pollution and waste, the circular economy and job creation, focusing on systems-based approaches.
The full agenda of Regions4 at CBD COP15 can be found here.
The voice of the regions
Regions4, which brings together more than 40 regional governments from about twenty countries on four continents, reaching nearly 200 others, is the voice of regions in UN negotiations, European Union initiatives and discussions in the fields of climate change, biodiversity, and sustainable development. It was born in 2002 during the World Summit in Johannesburg as the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD) and, in 2019, became Regions4.On its way to COP15 in Montréal, Canada, it will be followed by a delegation of 10 regional governments from Europe and Latin America.
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