GoLS Groupe of Leading Subnational Governments toward Aichi Biodiversity Targets

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Results of GoLS’ activities at the second meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (OEWG-2)

 At OEWG-2 held in Rome, Italy from February 24 to 29 in 2020, the delegation from Subnational and Local Governments comprised of GoLS, the Advisory Committee on Subnational Governments and Biodiversity, ICLEI and European Committee of Regions made three interventions: at the opening plenary session on February 24, plenary session on targets on February 25 and closing plenary session on February 29.
 Some statements about the importance of the role of subnational governments were also made by Parties such as the EU, the UK, Singapore, Japan, Canada, Argentina and Mexico.               

Results of GoLS’ activities at the 23rd meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 23)

 GoLS co-hosted the side event titled as “Local and subnational governments taking action - using nature-based solutions to address biodiversity and climate challenges” with other institutions related to local and subnational government on the second day of SBSTTA23 held in Montreal in Canada from November 25 to 29 in 2019.
 At this side event, Aichi, Quebec (Canada), ICLEI and Regions4 announced each of our efforts on biodiversity and climate change. And then, through the discussions among Mr. Basile van Havre, the co-chair of Open Ended Working Group (OEWG), parties such as the EU and Singapore and audience, we shared the recognition of the importance of the role played by subnational and local governments in the process that biodiversity can offer the solutions for climate change.               

Results of GoLS’ activities at the 14th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP14)

At COP14 held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt from November 17 to 29 in 2018, we carried out the following activities.

1. Press conference regarding “Subnational Coalition for Biodiversity Action”

 At the press conference held by the Advisory Committee on Subnational Governments and Biodiversity on November 22, we referred to our new joint statement and expressed support for “Subnational Coalition for Biodiversity Action”
 At this press conference, we also declared the commitment to the importance of subnational governments’ cooperation together with the governor of South Sinai, where is the venue of COP14, and our partners such as nrg4SD and ICLEI.               

【The new statement by GoLS (summary)】

 Subnational governments are natural mainstreamers. They can manage urban and rural conservation linkages through ecological corridors, secure ecosystem services and manage productive landscapes. They are in a unique position to ensure vertical integration of governance among different levels of government.
 We underline the importance of subnational governments for the conservation of biodiversity, and we have developed various activities on many opportunities.               

The key messages for COP14;
  • 1) Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity are challenges that all levels of government should commit to.
  • 2) Subnational governments can contribute to mainstreaming for the value of biodiversity in their societies, both vertically and horizontally.
  • 3) The Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, the ABTs and the Plan of Action on Subnational Governments, Cities and Other Local Authorities (COP Decision X/22) have all recognized and mobilized subnational governments. Their contribution should be properly estimated in the final assessment of the implementation of the Strategic Plan.
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  • 4) The roles of subnational governments should also be considered when discussing the post-2020 global framework. It is necessary to build the framework so that they can be involved in the process and implement it.

Therefore, we, the GoLS, commit to delivering our experiences to the world, to expanding communications among subnational governments, and to contributing to the mobilization of subnational governments across the world.               

2 GoLS' meeting

 We held the GoLS’ meeting on November 22.
 First, Omura, Governor of Aichi Prefecture reported that the results of the GOLS’ activities are steadily increasing, based on the results at SBI-2. And then, all the members of the GoLS announced the recent efforts towards achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. We have all confirmed our pledge to act in accordance with the new statement and have consolidated our cohesion.

The members of GoLS

3 The conference with Ms. Cristiana Pasca Palmer, Executive Secretary

 Omura, Governor of Aichi Prefecture reported to Ms. Cristiana Pasca Palmer, Executive Secretary, about the GoLS’ new statement on November 23.
 We also conveyed Aichi’s motivation to host The Regional Consultation Workshop on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework for Asia and the Pacific to be held in Aichi in January 2019 so that it would be fruitful for subnational governments.
 The Executive Secretary said “I feel reassured about your initiatives and I would like you to join the discussion on the post-2020 global framework.”

GoLS' member with Ms. Cristiana Pasca Palmer, Executive Secretary

Group of Leading Subnational Government toward Aichi Biodiversity Targets
Activities of GoLS at SBSTTA22 and SBI2

GoLS compiled and posted “Voluntary Report on the Contribution of Subnational Governments for the Strategic Plan 2011-2020 and Aichi Biodiversity Targets” which introduced how GoLS and other subnational initiatives had developed their collaborations and how the members were contributing to the mainstreaming of biodiversity, as an information document for SBI2. GoLS also held a side event on the “Contribution of Subnational Governments toward Aichi Biodiversity Targets”, in which the delegations of six Parties, namely Canada, China, Egypt, Japan, Korea and Mexico, participated. These six Parties supported the intervention and proposition made by GoLS in SBI2.

Date and time

July 6, 2018 (Friday) 7:15am - 8:45am (Japan time)

Results of the High-Level Public Web Conference

In order to discuss what we should do for the final year of Aichi Biodiversity Targets, 2020, based on the results so far and future tasks, “the High-Level Public Web Conference” was held by Group of Leading Subnational Government toward Aichi Biodiversity Targets, in which executive classes of each subnational government including the governor of Aichi Prefecture participated.
Ms. Amy Ann Fraenkel, Head of Division(Mainstreaming, Cooperation & Outreach Support)of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and Ms. Kobie Brand, Regional Director of ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center, also participated in this conference, and we were able to make a fruitful discussion on the future efforts of subnational governments towards achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
You can watch the conference on the Youtube(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYGOu92TLPs)

1. Date and time

March 20, 2018 (Tuesday) 23 o'clock - 24 o'clock (Japan time)

2. Attendees

(Members)

Mr. Hideaki Ohmura, Governor of Aichi Prefecture
Ms. Ayako Suganuma , Director General of Environmental Policies of Aichi Prefecture
Mr. Ferran Miralles, Director General for Environmental Policies and Biodiversity of Catalonia
Ms. Ham Young-hee, Environment Division of Gangwon Province
Mr. Steve Hounsell , Chair of Ontario biodiversity council
Mr. Jacob Martin-Malus, Assistant Deputy Minister for Sustainable Development and Environment Quality Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Fight against Climate Change of Gouvernement du Quebec
Mr. Paul Dale, State of Sao Paulo

(Supporting Organizations)

Ms. Amy Ann Fraenkel, Head of Division(Mainstreaming, Cooperation & Outreach Support)of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Ms. Natalia Vera, Secretary General of nrg4SD
Ms. Kobie Brand, Regional Director of ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center

(Parties)

Mr. Naohisa Okuda, Division Director for Nature Conservation Bureau Biodiversity Policy, Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan

3.Contents

(1) theme

Future efforts of subnational governments towards achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Target

(2) flow of the meeting

A.Opening

  • Greeting by Mr. Hideaki Ohmura, Governor of Aichi Prefecture
  • Greeting by Ms. Amy Ann Fraenkel, Head of Division(Mainstreaming, Cooperation & Outreach Support)of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

B. Discussion

  • Importance of subnational governments towards achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Target
  • What to do for the final year of the Aichi Biodiversity Target, 2020

C. Responding to opinions etc. from the conference viewers
D. Closing

・Summarized by Mr. Hideaki Ohmura, Governor of Aichi Prefecture
(3)Other
  • Mr. Takashi Otsuka, Secretary General of ICLEI, as a moderator
  • The state of the conference was live on YouTube and received questions and opinions from viewers.
    Inquiry and Comments

On the results of the activities of the " Group of Leading Subnational Governments toward Aichi Biodiversity Targets" at the 21th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice(SBSTTA 21) .

To make a positive contribution to the achievement of the Aichi target as a venue for COP 10, Aichi Prefecture established a coalition with a wide-area municipality at the state / prefecture level of the world that is advanced to biodiversity conservation, and in December last year COP 13 held in Mexico held a joint appeal to encourage revitalization of efforts in each region of the world.
As part of this coalition's activities this year, parties, held in Montreal, Canada from Monday, December 11th (Monday) to Friday the 14th (Friday), will be held and discussions will be held for COP14 "in the Convention on Biological Diversity Based on the "Science and Technology Advisory Subsidiary Body Meeting" (SBSTTA 21), we held side events by the Union and worked with parties.
In this side event, Mr. Ingrid Koetzi of ICLEI Biodiversity Center was invited to the moderator, and "One of the agendas of SBSTTA 21" Mainstreaming biodiversity in energy, mining, infrastructure, manufacturing and processing industry and health " Through discussions with the Government of the Contracting Parties (Japan and Canada) and the venue, cooperation by wide-area municipalities and collaboration with parties is important for the mainstreaming of biodiversity We shared the recognition that there is something.

Results of the joint appeal of Group of Leading Subnational Governments toward Aichi Biodiversity Targets at 13th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP13)

From 10th December to 12th, 2016, on 13th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP13) , we made a joint appeal by Group of Leading Subnational Governments toward Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

1. Adoption the joint statement on the meeting

On 10th December, we held a meeting to adopt the joint statement. With the attendance of allied members and others, Omura, governor of Aichi Prefecture explained the purpose of the coalition and the content of the joint statement, and we got consent from all the participants and adopted the joint statement.

Adoption of the joint statement

2. An announcement of the joint statement at the International Council on Local Governments

On 11th December (Sunday), we announced the joint statement at the International Council of Local Governments.
First of all, after Omura, Governor of Aichi Prefecture explained about Aichi prefecture's efforts since COP 10, we announced the purpose of establishing the GoLS and the contents of the joint statement. Subsequently, each allied member talked about the efforts of each state, the expectation of the GoLS and the thought towards achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Finally, Ohmura, Governor of Aichi Prefecture pledged to join forces to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets for the 2020.
The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity says, "It is a very wonderful effort, Aichi Prefecture, the venue for COP10, has worked solidly with leadership. Indeed, the significance of the international conference is to create such efforts.” There were applaudes many times from the audiences.
The joint statement was also included in the resolution of the International Council of Local Governments "Quintana Roo Communique", which was a major achievement of the joint appeal.

Presentation of the joint statement with allied members
Closing ceremony of the International Council on Local Governments
The Statement by the Group of Leading Subnational Governments toward Aichi Biodiversity Targets (Summary)

Subnational governments, including States, Provinces, Regions and Prefectures, have the potential to develop comprehensive efforts for the conservation of biodiversity as well as its sustainable use. They are also able to work with their respective national governments, citizens, municipalities, private companies, NGOs and educational institutions and to utilize unique methods corresponding to the characteristics of local ecosystems. Therefore, their active contributions are essential to achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

1. Our initiative and actions

We have implemented advanced measures within our respective territories to conserve biodiversity on our own volition. We will discuss those actions and lessons learned to enhance our measures toward conservation of biodiversity.
Furthermore, we will be a driver in achieving Aichi Biodiversity Targets. To this aim, we call on subnational governments in the world to take part in our discussion and, building on the past activities of the AC SNG, apply the lessons learned into the implementation of each government’s actions to conserve biodiversity. We also encourage them to participate in international learning platforms for subnational governments including the Learning Platform Regions for Biodiversity led by nrg4SD and Global Community for Local & Regional Action for Nature coordinated by ICLEI.

2. Call to the Parties

We call on the Parties to take measures to enhance the capacities of subnational governments and to better support subnational governments in implementing the CBD and achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
We call on the secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity to continue their assistance in implementing the Plan of Action on Subnational Governments, Cities and other Local Authorities for Biodiversity 2011-2020.
We are willing to support the efforts of the Parties, the Secretariat of the CBD and other critical players such as donors and financing mechanisms to the fullest extent possible in achieving these goals.

3. Forum

On December 12 (Monday), we held the forum hosted by the GoLS.
First of all, Omura, Governor of Aichi Prefecture reported on the roles of subnational governments towards achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and establishment of the GoLS ,announcement of the joint statement. and then, all the members of the GoLS announced the efforts of subnational governments. Omura, Governor of Aichi Prefecture introduced the outline of Aichi Prefecture, a formulation of "Aichi Biodiversity Strategy 2020" and the activities of the Ecosystem Network Council. Afterwards, through the discussion by members and advice from commentators, at last, Omura, Governor of Aichi Prefecture expressed his determination to lead the world as the GoLS.

the forum hosted by the GoLS