Engaging Cities and Regions in the Global Nature Agenda

Engaging Cities and Regions in the Global Nature Agenda

14 April 2021, 16:00 - 17:00

- Online

The ICLEI World Congress 2021 - 2022 is now a year-long experience, hosted by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and the City of Malmö, Sweden

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How can we build a more sustainable urban world through nature-based development? How can local and subnational governments contribute directly to achieving global biodiversity targets at local and landscape level?

Local and subnational governments have an extraordinarily special role to play in the global fight to preserve biodiversity. Among the United Nations Conventions, the post-2020 global biodiversity framework is unique, as it gives explicit recognition to engaging with local and subnational governments.

This virtual high-level dialogue that brings together subnational governments and cities from the global north and south will address the importance of this recognition, focusing on its significance across urban rural linkages and landscape-based action for nature-based development, as well as at the city scale. They will also highlight its significance in terms of interlinkages with other agendas such as climate, health, human rights and sustainable development.


Webinar Speakers

Keynote address
Elizabeth Maruma Mrema
Executive Secretary, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

The interlinkages between biodiversity, health, human rights and climate change
Mauricio Vila Dosal
Governor, Yucatán State Government, Mexico
ICLEI Global Executive Committee Member; ICLEI Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean Regional Executive Member Committee

Taking bold action to protect nature
Valérie Plante
Mayor, City of Montréal, Canada

The European perspective of why cities are important to the global biodiversity agenda
Cheryl Jones Fur
Deputy Lord Mayor, Växjö Municipality, Sweden
ICLEI Regional Executive Committee Member (non voting member)

How the ICLEI Network is leading on the global biodiversity agenda
Kobie Brand
Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
Global Director ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center & Regional Director ICLEI Africa Secretariat

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