Regions4 and the Government of Québec welcome the Government of Scotland to the Advisory Committee on Subnational Governments and Biodiversity (AC SNG) of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. 

As Coordinators of the AC SNG, Regions4 have witnessed the tremendous impact that subnational governments, cities, and local authorities have when implementing successful strategies on the ground and acknowledge the efforts of the Scottish Government within both, their territory and country.  

As the leader of the Edinburgh Process, Scotland has inspired subnational and regional actors and will strengthen the Advisory Committee’s collective voice in the international dialogues for biodiversity. 

Regions4 strongly believes there are great opportunities for meaningful collaboration between Scotland and the AC SNG and reaffirm our willingness to jointly collaborate with the Parties and with the Convention on Biological Diversity to bring the vision of the subnational governments to the preparatory and implementation process of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework”.Mrs. Renata Gómez, Regions4 Biodiversity Programme Manager

Regions4 has asked Mrs. Lorna Slater, Biodiversity Minister, about Scotland’s main expectations for joining the AC SNG: “The Scottish Government is committed to working with other global partners to address the nature crisis, and we are delighted to be joining the Advisory Committee on Subnational Governments (AC SNG) of the UN CBD. Through our leadership of the Edinburgh Process, we are proud to have engaged with 240 subnational and regional governments around the world to inspire action for nature“.

Minister Slater has also shared Scotland’s main contributions to the Committee: 

“Our planet’s natural environment is severely depleted, and Scotland is no exception to that. But we are blessed with unique landscapes and we have a high ambition for a nature-rich future, and a wealth of expertise to share. We welcome the opportunity to strengthen the voice of subnational governments on issues of global biodiversity, and look forward to working together to achieve our shared vision of a world ‘living in harmony with nature”Mrs. Lorna Slater, Scotland’s Biodiversity Minister

About the AC SNG 

The Advisory Committee on Subnational Governments and Biodiversity (AC SNG) is a permanent structure officially recognized by the CBD through Decision X/22 of COP 10 that aims at bringing the voice of regions to the biodiversity agenda. Regions4, together with the government of Quebec, coordinates the AC SNG and its activities. 

Members of the ACSNG, representatives of Aichi, Andra Pradesh, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, Basque Country, Campeche, Catalonia, Fatick, Gangwon, Goias, Gossas, Jalisco, Lombardy, North Rhine Westphalia, Ontario, Palawan, Paraná, Québec, São Paulo, Scotland, Sichuan, Wales and Walga. 

 Partners of the ACSNG, representatives of the European Committee of the Regions, the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies and the Consortium of Provincial Governments of Ecuador. 

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