Earlier this week, from October 12-14th in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province, Korea, the Biodiversity Summit for Cities and Subnational Governments was held in parallel with the Convention on Biodiversity Convention of the Parties (CBD COP 12). The Summit, a collaboration between ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the Government of Gangwon Province, welcomed nearly 600 participants from around the world, including approximately 270 local government representatives.
"We need good ideas from everyone including the Biodiversity Summit and the engagement of cities and subnational governments in Pyeongchang to help us build on the good success stories out there. There are many success stories, but, we need to scale up. We need to multiply those success stories to more cities, to more subnational governments." -- Braulio Ferreira Diaz de Souza, CBD Executive Secretary
The summit saw talks on a variety of subjects by experts and subnational governments. Topics included bridging science and policy, the creative green economy, and biodiversity planning.
A significant outcome of the Summit was the creation of the Gangwon/Pyeongchang Resolution for Cities and Subnational Governments. Demonstrating the spirit of cooperation between cities and national governments to jointly protect biodiversity, the resolution will be submitted to the CBD and aims to solidify support for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) process.
"The Gangwon/Pyeongchang Resolution is a strong and innovative statement, built on this strong foundation of dialogue, and a united voice from yourselves, that we are proud of, and we fully support the Honourable Governor Moonsoon Choi as he is elected to present the Resolution to the high-level segment of the CBD COP." -- David Cadman, ICLEI President
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