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 drafting of the Post-2020 GBF, building on the Zero Draft that was dated 6 January 2020. Following the comments on the Zero Draft submitted by ICLEI, on behalf of the local and subnational government constituency, ICLEI’s Cities Biodiversity Center (CBC) and partners, including the Advisory Committee on Subnational Governments and Biodiversity, coordinated by Regions4 Sustainable Development and the Government of Quebec, the Group of Leading Subnational Governments toward Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the European Committee of Regions delivered the following inputs to the OEWG: [3 blocks, with image and intro sentences on what plenaries and type of statement delivered with button for (see more) to read whole statements].
Statement read by Ms Ingrid Coetzee from ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, at the Opening Plenary of Open-Ended Working Group 2 meeting in Rome, Italy, on 24 February 2020. Download the statement here.
Statement read by Mr Jean Lemire from Quebec’s Envoy for Climate Change and Nordic and Arctic Issues, and representative of the AC SNG at the Open-Ended Working Group 2 meeting in Rome, Italy, on 25 February 2020. Download the statement here.
The occasion also provided an opportunity for Parties to the CBD to provide inputs, and we are thrilled to report that no less than seven Parties called for the active involvement of local and subnational governments in the implementation of the Post-2020 GBF. To see more on this, click here. The OEWG was a demonstration of the collaboration among our partners, and we left confident that our voices had been heard by the CBD Parties. It was encouraging to see momentum and support for our constituency building, instilling positive hope for a Post-2020 GBF that is inclusive of our critical role as we continue to walk the journey to COP 15.