Subnational Governments Launch the Edinburgh Declaration

Subnational governments agree on international declaration to halt biodiversity loss and call for strengthening action at all levels of government.

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Subnational governments and local authorities play an important role for implementing actions to combat global biodiversity loss and to support national governments in achieving the goals of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Against this backdrop, subnational and local governments worldwide recently released the Edinburgh Declaration to call on the CBD and its signatories to honour their commitment and take strong action to effectively stop biodiversity loss.

The Declaration advocates for greater acknowledgement of the role subnational and local governments play for delivering a new global framework of targets set to be agreed on during the second quarter of 2021 at COP15.

To learn more about the Edinburgh Declaration or to join the call for greater inclusion of subnational governments in delivering for nature and people, please read the full Press Release available here in English, Spanish and French.