How do cities contribute to global nature goals and targets?

How do cities contribute to global nature goals and targets?

And how do cities align with national goals and targets?

The CitiesWithNature Action Platform helps you navigate the global nature goals, see what areas you can take action in, showcase your work as a city and set specific targets for your city. The Action Platform also makes it easy to track your progress over time and to report back to citizens, city leaders and national governments.

By gathering and sharing the actions of cities and regions around the world, the Action Platform amplifies local actions for nature at the global level. Cities and regions are encouraged to use the CitiesWithNature Action Platform to report on, and track progress against, their commitments to contributing to global nature goals and targets, and to national biodiversity strategies and action plans. In this way it complements, and is linked to initiatives such as the Sharm El-Sheikh to Kunming Action Agenda for Nature and People which is hosted on the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Action Agenda website, where everyone from individuals to businesses and the public sector can share any kind of commitment to nature.

These goals and targets are captured in the Global Biodiversity Framework:

The 2050 Vision is that humanity lives in harmony with nature, in a world where:
By 2050, biodiversity is valued, conserved, restored and wisely used, maintaining ecosystem services, sustaining a healthy planet and delivering benefits essential for all people.

To achieve this vision, the 2030 Mission is:
To take urgent action across society to put biodiversity on a path to recovery by 2030 for the benefit of planet and people.

This 2030 Mission will be achieved if the world takes action to meet various 2030 Action Targets, such as:
Target 12: Increase the area of, access to, and benefits from green and blue spaces, for human health and well-being in urban areas and other densely populated areas.

Target 14: Fully integrate biodiversity values into policies, regulations, planning, development processes, poverty reduction strategies, accounts, and assessments of environmental impacts at all levels of government and across all sectors of the economy, ensuring that all activities and financial flows are aligned with biodiversity values.

These 2030 Action Targets of the CBD are decided on by all 193 countries that are part of the CBD at their fifteenth meeting, known as COP15.

The CitiesWithNature Action Platform is based on these 2030 Action Targets of the CBD. In addition, the CitiesWithNature Action Platform also shows how the nature actions of cities contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular the SDGs most focused on nature and cities.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 2030 Action Targets are mutually dependent: Progress towards achieving the SDGs will support the implementation of the GBF, which in turn will contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This interdependency is recognized in Goal B and one of the milestones under Goal B makes this linkage clear - The long-term sustainability of all categories of nature’s contributions to people is ensured, with those currently in decline restored, contributing to each of the relevant Sustainable Development Goals.

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