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Edinburgh Declaration on post-2020 global biodiversity framework

Published: 31 Aug 2020

Setting out the aspirations and commitments of the Scottish Government, Edinburgh Process partners, and the wider subnational constituency of the Convention on Biological Diversity, in delivering for nature over the coming decade.

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Edinburgh Declaration on post-2020 global biodiversity framework
Call for action

Call for action

We subnational governments, cities and local authorities therefore call upon Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity to;

  1. Take strong and bold actions to bring about transformative change, as outlined in the IPBES global assessment report, in order to halt biodiversity loss. 
  2. Recognise the vital role of subnational governments, cities and local authorities, in delivering the 2050 vision of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, and the 2030 mission as set out in the Zero Draft document; and to explicitly place that recognition throughout the framework text, including the monitoring framework for the goals and targets.
  3. Support the adoption at COP15,  of a new dedicated Decision for the greater inclusion of subnational governments, cities and local authorities within the post-2020 global biodiversity framework;  that builds upon and renews the Plan of Action on Subnational Governments, Cities and Other Local Authorities for Biodiversity (2011-2020) as endorsed under Decision X/22; and that significantly raises ambition for subnational, city and local implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework throughout the next decade. 
  4. Establish a multi-stakeholder platform that ensures representation of subnational governments, cities and local authorities to support the implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

We, subnational governments, cities and local authorities, stand ready to meet the challenge of delivering, alongside Parties, the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, to ensure investment, and play a stronger role in the implementation of the framework through a renewed and significantly stepped-up Plan of Action for subnational governments, cities and local authorities for the coming decade.

Signatories

Ms Roseanna Cunningham, MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform
On behalf of the Scottish Government

Ms Lesley Griffiths AS/MS
Gweinidog yr Amgylchedd, Ynni a Materion Gwledig
Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs
On behalf of Welsh Government

Mr Ashok Sridharan
ICLEI President
On behalf of  ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

Ms Cheryl Jones Fur
Deputy Lord Mayor of Växjö, Sweden
On behalf of ICLEI Europe

Ms Elena Moreno
Regions4 President
Basque Deputy Minister for Environment
On behalf of Regions4 Sustainable Development

Benoit Charette
Ministre de l’Environnement et de la Lutte 
contre les changements climatiques
On behalf of Gouvernement du Québec

Mr Hideaki Ohmura
Governor of Aichi Prefecture
On behalf of the Group of Leading Subnational Governments toward the Aichi Biodiversity Targets (GoLS)

Under consideration
On Behalf of the European Committee of the Regions

Supported by:

Ms Francesca Osowska
Chief Executive
On behalf of NatureScot

Simon Milne MBE
Regius Keeper
On Behalf of Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh