Local governments are taking part at IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille

1 September 2021

The IUCN World Conservation Congress which will be held in Marseille from 3 to 11 September will be a highlight of the expression and commitment of local authorities in favor of biodiversity, in a context marked by the pandemic and its consequences.

This is a key step for nature conservation and the development of a new global framework for biodiversity at the 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 15).

On this occasion, it is indeed a question of defining a new global framework for biodiversity after 2020 (following the plan defined at the Nagoya Conference (Japan – 2010), including for the action of local and regional authorities It is a question of ensuring strong recognition of the role of local authorities and of renewing decision X / 22 adopted in Nagoya which defined a specific action plan for sub-national governments, cities and local authorities.

At the initiative of AFCCRE and its spokesperson for climate, environment, sustainable development, Ronan DANTEC, Senator, city councilor of Nantes, and in conjunction with representatives of the IUCN, the French government, together with national and European organisations and global networks of local governments, several sequences devoted to local authorities are scheduled:

  • Friday 3 September (12.00-16.00): The IUCN Local Action Summit is organised by and for the members of IUCN. Those interested can consult: iucnlasummit.org.
  • Tuesday 7 September (8.30-18.00): thematic session led by the Aix-Marseille-Provence metropolis and France Urbaine which will bring together French urban areas wishing to both affirm their commitment to biodiversity and share their initiatives in this area.
  • Wednesday 8 September (10.00-13.00): the networks summit “Local and Regional authorities and their networks on the way to the COP 15” organised by AFCCRE will focus on the contribution of local and regional authorities and their networks to European and international negotiations.
  • Wednesday 8 September (15.00-17.30): session devoted to decentralised cooperation, organised by PLATFORMA, AFCCRE, DAECT, the French Committee of IUCN.

Participation is free on Wednesday 8 September but registration mandatory via this form.

Check the detailed program of these different sequences with local and regional governments.

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