Statement read by 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, on behalf of ICLEI, the Advisory Committee of Subnational Governments for Biodiversity (coordinated by Regions4 Sustainable Development and the Government of Quebec), the European Committee of Regions, and the Group of Leading Subnational Governments toward Aichi Biodiversity Targets.