#1 Recognizes that all cities depend on healthy, interconnected ecosystems within and around them, and that now, more than ever, there is a need to unite and embrace nature.
#2 Connects cities and other levels of subnational government directly with each other, and with experts and urban communities, through a ‘whole of society’ approach.
#3 Provides cities and others a dynamic, free space to demonstrate their commitment to plan and live with nature, and showcase their innovative work.
#4 Offers a user-friendly digital interface for cities, experts and urban communities to share ambitions, policies, plans and actions, and join the growing movement of partners standing together to influence and implement the ‘New Deal for Nature’.
#5 Introduces cities to a wide variety of innovative tools, projects, research and services offered by leading global organizations to support the mainstreaming of nature into planning and development processes for building resilient cities.
#6 Guides the cities and regions who commit to taking action – regardless of their size, level of ambition or starting point – along a journey towards enhancing the value of nature in and around urban areas.
#7 Keeps cities, experts and urban communities up to date with current global agreements and ambitions, and how they can get involved in the processes and negotiations.
#8 Strengthens collective action at the local level to achieve global impact, by co-creating a ‘big tent’ that will build and grow a global community of practice on biodiversity and nature-based solutions.
#9 Advocates for local and subnational governments to be recognized as central to the global biodiversity agenda, and coordinates the voice of this constituency through a ground-breaking engagement mechanism, endorsed by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
# 10 Enables strengthened collective and large-scale action to conserve and restore biodiversity in and around cities and overcome the effects of climate change, to prevent irreversible loss and damage to the natural systems we depend on.