iclei-cbc6 January 2015: Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) – Cities Biodiversity Center (CBC) released the report of the 2014 Cities and Subnational Governments Biodiversity Summit. The Summit was held in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, in parallel to the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12).

The report highlights the outcomes of the 2014 Summit, emphasizing its value in bringing together local and subnational governments from around the world in a high-level setting to share ideas, discuss challenges and showcase their contributions towards CBD implementation.

It notes that some of the objectives in 2014 were to reiterate the importance of local and subnational governments to: achieving the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets; conducting interactive discussions between local, subnational and national government representatives for mutual support and cooperation between government levels for implementation of the Strategic Plan; and improving understanding of the integration and links between biodiversity and the water, food and energy nexus in the context of climate change.

The report summarizes statements made at the Summit and features the ‘Gangwon/Pyeongchang Resolution on Cities and Subnational Governments for Biodiversity,’ the main outcome of the Summit. [ICLEI-CBC News] [Biodiversity Summit for Cities and Subnational Governments 2014] [IISD RS coverage of CBD COP 12]