Our commitment
Our commitment

We, the Pact Signatories, will lead the path towards a nature-positive urban century and commit to the following principles for the implementation of inspirational key actions by 2030.

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Principle 01:
Commitment to action and ambition

We commit to protect, preserve, and restore biodiversity in our cities within the target areas of the Pact. To do so, we will implement targeted and visible actions, projects, and processes until 2030, which aim  to achieve the set targets or at least ensure that the conditions and measures to achieve them are established. Actions to achieve the targets are new, innovative, and ambitious to improve biodiversity in the city area. Key focus is on the use of nature-based solutions1, which address biodiversity challenges, but also deliver synergistic benefits for climate change mitigation and adaptation as well as for human health and well-being.

We will act as frontrunners and multipliers and will commit to the highest possible level of ambition for any given target within our jurisdictions (including areas where our implementations/practices have an impact – regarding public procurement in particular). To signify and celebrate commitment to action, we  will ensure the Pact is signed by the Mayor and create visibility of the Pact.

We consider the Pact an implementation alliance among committed cities worldwide.

1We apply the United Nations Environment Assembly’s adopted IUCN 2016 definition to Nature-based Solutions (March 2022): Nature-based Solutions are ‘actions to protect, conserve, restore, sustainably use and manage natural or modified terrestrial, freshwater, coastal and marine ecosystems, which address social, economic and environmental challenges effectively and adaptively, while simultaneously providing human well-being, ecosystem services and resilience and biodiversity benefits.’
Principle 02:
Commitment to action and ambition

We will align Pact targets with local, regional, and national policy frameworks and create supporting policy, governance, and financing structures to implement Pact targets and protect, promote, and restore biodiversity in our cities. We will commit to work with the relevant level of local government in our urban area, from the greater metropolis to the regional governments, to reach the targets of the Pact at the most relevant scale, considering our local conditions and constraints.

More specifically, we will develop or update relevant policies, which support urban biodiversity and green infrastructure that integrate and effectively mainstream nature-based solutions as a key priority across municipal departments, urban planning, the private sector, and businesses to increase economic resilience in our cities and regions. 

We will intensify the exchange and coordination across departments and sectors within the city administration to mainstream and implement the targets. We will commit to provide effective incentives to ensure positive outcomes, such as public funding programmes for local initiatives or public-private partnerships.

Principle 03:
Stepwise implementation of the Pact Action Plan with SMART targets

We will select at least 15 of the 26 specific targets (covering preferably all seven target areas, see Pact targets below), and outline a pathway on how to reach the targets by 2030. We will identify how to operationalize the Pact commitments, accounting for local conditions and frameworks by defining specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) implementation steps with a practical Action Plan. The Action Plan will clearly delineate the status quo (baseline: 2020) and selected targets. It will identify relevant actions, technical implementation, responsible actors, timebound milestones, and allocated resources, including monitoring of effectiveness, to achieve the set targets by 2030. 

We  will develop our Action Plan agreed within one year after signature.

Principle 04:
Equal and just co-creation with local initiatives and stakeholders

The implementation of the Pact targets shall foster environment equality and justice by paying particular attention to the needs of disadvantaged, vulnerable, and marginalised groups and communities, including indigenous and local groups. Environmental equality and justice shall entail equal access to urban green spaces and biodiversity as well as education, information, and engagement opportunities.

We will foster collaboration, co-creation, and proactive partnerships for implementation of the Pact targets. We will work with relevant stakeholders, such as local communities, indigenous people, women, youth, civil society, and NGOs as well as partners from the business, education, policy and science sectors. Active co-creation focuses on proactive, speedy implementation of the Pact targets in a timely and practical manner until 2030.

Principle 05:
Capacity building and collaboration of cities

We consider cities as valuable knowledge hubs regarding opportunities and challenges for the protection, promotion, and restoration of urban biodiversity. To benefit from this knowledge and inspire each other, we will share their knowledge, good practices and lessons learned, initiate and implement process-oriented actions and pilot projects, and make this knowledge accessible to all interested cities. The Pact Secretariat will support and facilitate this process.

We will meet once a year (online or in-person), and will be hosted by different Pact Signatories to achieve our goals on capacity building and collaboration. Building on our demands and interests, we will organise webinars and dialogues and prepare guidance documents to allow for exchanges and discussions on challenges and solutions, as well as build capacity between the cities and within each city.

Principle 06:
Monitoring and report progress

We will report on our progress towards the respective Pact targets at the annual Pact meetings – for example, on the CitiesWithNature Action Platform – once a year, as a contribution to UN CBD. This process will be facilitated by a joint reporting protocol. Reporting will encompass, for example, links to reports on progress on the Pact implementation; overview of biodiversity and biodiversity action in cities; and information on engagement activities.

CitiesWithNature Action Platform

The Pact Signatory Cities are invited to track their progress towards their Pact commitments on the CitiesWithNature Action Platform, setting inspiring examples of bold action for other cities to follow.

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