Local governments offer true partnership for biodiversity

Bonn Mayor

Conference deemed a success!

Feed back on the conference has been very positive and exciting. Jeb Brugmann, ICLEI's first Secretary General and global sustainability expert said the following about the successful addition of the importance of cities and local governments into the UN-CBD text:

"This is a tremendous milestone, equivalent to the endorsement of Local Agenda 21 at the Rio UNCED and the establishment of ICLEI´s role in the COP-UNFCCC. 10 years ago any suggestion of a positive association between cities and biodiversity protection would have been seen as oxymoronic."

- Jeb Brugmann

Bonn Call for Action

Local governments stand for the well-being and the will of half of the world’s population. They offer their experience and their influence to strengthen and promote implementation of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity within a global and multilevel partnership.

Download the Bonn Call for Action launched on 28 May 2008


Local leaders shared their view on biodiversity with the UN

The Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity took place in the German UN-City of Bonn in May 2008.

The City of Bonn and ICLEI, in co-operation with the „Service Agency Communities in One World“, invited local key decision-makers from all parts of the world that have made outstanding commitments to Urban Biodiversity to convene and share their experiences and initiatives.

Urban Biodiversity

Urban biodiversity is becoming the symbol for the dependency of mankind on natural resources, it is much more than the presence of animals and plants in our cities. Local governments have shown commitment, inspired a series of city cases (briefcase) that was compiled by ICLEI with support from UNEP.

Programme and results

The results of the conference were shared at the Highlevel Segment of COP 9 on Thursday, 29 May 2008. The mayors Takehisa Matsubara of Nagoya, Amos Masondo of Johannesburg, Gerald Tremblay of Montreal, Carlos Alberto Richa of Curitiba and Bärbel Dieckmann of Bonn addressed the delegates on behalf of local governments. Read the final conference report here.


The Mayors Conference built upon the Curitiba meeting held 26-27 March 2007 in Brazil. Similar and successful events in Bonn where local leaders convened on the occasion of a UN-event  include Desertification (1999), Local Renewables (2004), and Early Warning (2006).

Financial Support

Supported by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) with funds from the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).
Participation of select mayors from developing countries was made possible through the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Further financial support was provided through the generosity of the Foundation for International Dialogue.