Agenda Item 11:
Mainstreaming of biodiversity within and across sectors and
other strategic actions to enhance implementation
Singapore welcomes the long-term strategic approach to mainstreaming biodiversity and its action plan. The contribution of all stakeholders is essential.
Singapore as a city-state would like to highlight the contribution of subnational governments, cities and other local authorities on mainstreaming which is captured in information document 10. The document highlights four areas for effective biodiversity mainstreaming; namely, capacity building, partnerships, monitoring and governance.
In 2010, the Plan of Action on Subnational Governments, Cities and Other Local Authorities for Biodiversity for the period 2011-2020 was endorsed by COP-10. ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability Cities Biodiversity Centre has captured the key efforts of subnational governments, cities and other local authorities in implementing the Plan of Action in their 2020 publication on the “Overview of Achievements Following the Adoption of Decision X/22: The Plan of Action on Subnational Governments, Cities and Other Local Authorities for Biodiversity”. https://subnationaladvocacyfornature.org/resource/plan-of-action-achievements-document/
This highlights the readiness of subnational governments, cities and local authorities to continue contributing to the global biodiversity agenda and this is demonstrated by their active participation in the Edinburgh Process for Subnational and Local Governments on the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. Singapore thanks the Scottish Government and her key partners for leading the Edinburgh Process and for conducting an extensive consultation process which has resulted in the adoption of the “Edinburgh Declaration for Subnational Governments, Cities and Local Authorities on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework”. Singapore is supportive of the Declaration.
Singapore also supports the adoption of the updated plan of action at COP15 as this would provide a focused framework for strengthening partnerships between national governments and this constituency to support the implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
Thank you, Madam Chair.