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The IUCN World Conservation Congress, Barcelona, 5-14 October 2008

Sebastian Winkler
"It is now critical to maintain the momentum and engage other associations of local governments such as UCLG and Metropolis in order to establish a true Global Partnership for the UN International Year of Biodiversity in 2010” said Sebastian Winkler, Head of Countdown 2010 Secretariat

Global Partnership on Cities and Biodiversity launched at IUCN World Conservation Congress

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The Global Partnership was launched on 7th October at IUCN World Conservation Congress.

Local governments working with global organizations on biodiversity

It currently brings together UN agencies, international organizations, including ICLEI and IUCN, and local governments to improve the management and conservation of biodiversity through technical cooperation, capacity building projects and communication campaigns.

Other local governments associations are invited to join

“It is now critical to maintain the momentum and engage other associations of local governments such as UCLG and Metropolis for the UN International Year of Biodiversity in 2010” said Sebastian Winkler, Head of Countdown 2010 Secretariat. The existing partners are inviting other associations of cities and interested stakeholders to join this “work in progress” and to collaborate on a commune strategy.

Reducing the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010, a plan started in 2002

In 2002 at the World Summit on Sustainable Development the international community agreed to significantly reduce the rate of loss of biodiversity by 2010. “Even though the 2010 target is an ambitious objectives we have to be more than ambitious for the protection of our planet, we have to unite our efforts by working in dialogue and in a more integrated way, because every plant or animal species lost or population decreased means lost opportunities for future human generations” said Mayor Gerald Tremblay from Montreal.

The UN recognizes local efforts on biodiversity

“The UN Biodiversity Summit in May 2008 in Bonn adopted a decision which recognised the importance of local and regional authorities in saving biodiversity” said Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Biodiversity Convention. At that occasion, the Lady Mayor of Bonn, Bärbel Dieckmann, hosted a Mayors Conference, which issued the “Bonn Call for Action”.

Nagoya (Japan), host of the next UN biodiversity conference

Mayor Takehisa Matsubara from Nagoya noted that “As host of the UN Biodiversity Summit in 2010, I will take stock of the progress made in relation to implementing this partnership.” Hopefully this will lead to a breakthrough for biodiversity, as it happened for climate change with the creation of the ICLEI’s global Cities for Climate Protection Campaign.

More information

ICLEI Biodiversity Initiative ICLEI Local Action for Biodiversity Pioneer Project
World Conservation Union (IUCN) IUCN World Conservation Congress (4 to 17 October 2008) United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity
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