At this time, we would like to express our condolences to those who have suffered loss and hardship as a result of the pandemic. Furthermore, we applaud the dedication and hard work of healthcare workers who are on the front lines in treating the sick. We acknowledge the role of local and subnational governments for their rapid response in the face of this crisis.
Nature provides us with diverse life-supporting and life-enhancing contributions and all cities critically depend on healthy interconnected ecosystems within and around them.
There is a growing urgency for collective and large-scale action to protect biodiversity and respect nature in and around cities to prevent irreversible loss and damage to the natural systems that protect us. The COVID-19 pandemic is placing huge strain on our communities, our governments, our healthcare systems and our economies. Our cities still continue to grapple with massive sustainability challenges, and building urban resilience will be even more critical right now. It is also well known that nature is good for mental and physical health and wellbeing, which is especially pertinent at this moment in time. Cities whose urban nature is still accessible offer opportunities to connect people with nature and its benefits. Government-imposed restrictions, which differ in various contexts, are, however, paramount to the health of our urban communities.
To read the Statement by the Acting Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Ms. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, on the occasion of World Health Day, click here.
It is timeous that the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) is being negotiated at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Framework will provide a powerful means through which we can build back better together so that both humans and nature can thrive in harmony in and around our cities in the coming decade.
Key advocacy moments
Daring Cities 2020October 7, 2020
In light of the ongoing developments around the COVID-19 pandemic, ICLEI and the Federal City of Bonn are transforming Daring Cities 2020 into a virtual, global forum on climate change for urban...Read more
UN Summit on BiodiversitySeptember 30, 2020
The United Nations Summit on Biodiversity will be convened by the President of the General Assembly on 30 September 2020, at the level of Heads of State and Government under the theme...Read more
Edinburgh Process for Subnational and Local GovernmentsApril 30, 2020
The Edinburgh Process for Subnational and Local Governments on the development of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework was a major milestone for the local and subnational government constituency on the Roadmap to...Read more
Second meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity...February 24, 2020
The second meeting of the Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) took place in Rome from 24 to 29 February 2020. The purpose of the OEWG is to gather inputs to inform the...Read more
10th World Urban ForumFebruary 8, 2020
Local and subnational governments agreed to prioritize nature-based solutions and the mainstreaming of nature at the 10th World Urban Forum (WUF10). WUF10 took place in Abu Dhabi, UAE from 8 to 13...Read more
The Brazilian Perspectives for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (BIO2020)February 4, 2020
Organized by ICLEI South America, the São Paulo State Government, Regions4, Expertise France, CETESB and Fundação Florestal, this event took place from 4 to 6 February 2020, at the Infrastructure and Environment...Read more
UN Climate Change Conference COP 25December 2, 2019
The UN Climate Change Conference COP 25 took place from 2 to 13 December 2019 under the Presidency of the Government of Chile and was held with logistical support from the Government of...Read more
Twenty-third Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice...November 25, 2019
Article 25 of the Convention on Biological Diversity establishes an open-ended intergovernmental scientific advisory body known as the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to provide the Conference of...Read more
United Nations Climate Action SummitSeptember 23, 2019
The UN Climate Action Summit convened by the UN Secretary-General on 23 September 2019, brought great political attention to the power of nature-based solutions (NBS) for climate and sustainable development, and underlined...Read more
First Meeting of the Open Ended Working Group on the Post 2020...August 27, 2019
The first meeting of the Open Ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework took place from 27 to 30 August 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya. Our constituency was well represented at...Read more
Unlocking the power of metropolises to mainstream biodiversity and ecosystem services for...July 17, 2019
The “Aburrá Valley – Medellin Declaration of Metropolitan Areas to the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework” was adopted by the 17 metropolitan area authorities and 27 other local and subnational governments from 12...Read more
The Nature of Cities (TNOC) SummitJune 4, 2019
The first edition of The Nature of Cities Summit gathered hundreds of stakeholders, citizens, artists, scientists, decision-makers, representatives of metropolises and activists from the civil society or the academic and research field...Read more