Cities for Life: City and Subnational Biodiversity Summit 15-16 October 2012 Hyderabad, India

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is an international treaty with three main goals: conservation of biodiversity; sustainable use of biodiversity; and fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the use of genetic resources. Its overall objective is to encourage actions which will lead to a sustainable future. To date, there are 193 Parties to the Convention (192 countries and the European Union) including India. The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the governing body of the Convention and advances implementation of the Convention through the decisions it takes at periodic meetings. The 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP11) is being hosted by the Government of India in the City of Hyderabad from 8 to 19 October 2012.

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the CBD Secretariat will partner with the Government of India, the Government of Andhra Pradesh and the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation to organize the Cities for Life: City and Subnational Biodiversity Summit on 15 and 16 October 2012. The Summit will be held in parallel to CBD COP 11 and convene local authorities in support of the implementation of the Convention. The Cities for Life Summit will constitute the third gathering of its kind, but the first to take place directly adjacent to the COP negotiations, in the Hyderabad International Convention Centre.

It is anticipated that the Cities for Life Summit will bring together approximately 300 mayors, governors, high-ranking officials and their representative networks, as well as national governments, international organizations, UN agencies and specialists from across the world.

The aims of the Summit


Program overview


Local Government Roadmap through COP11

ICLEI’s role in CBD COP11

ICLEI will be especially active at CBD COP 11, championing the interests of local governments. Besides being the primary organizers behind Cities for Life, ICLEI will organize various side events, training workshops and policy briefings, whilst advocating for greater recognition and support to be afforded to local governments as effective implementation agents of the Convention. In the coming weeks, the ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center will disseminate further information on CBD COP 11 including key events and policy developments.

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