City biodiversity summit alongside CBD COP 11


As part of a global movement to bring nature back into cities, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity are collaborating with the Government of Andhra Pradesh, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation and the Government of India to organize the Cities for Life: City and Subnational Biodiversity Summit on 15 and 16 October 2012. This summit will be held at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre in parallel to the CBD COP 11. Being the host city, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation is facilitating the execution of this summit. Shri Kamal Nath, Honourable Minister for Urban Development, GoI is expected to inaugurate the event.


Cities for Life will be the third gathering of its kind to be organized in parallel to the COP, but the first to take place directly adjacent to the COP negotiations. The summit will draw to Hyderabad over 300 participants ranging from city and sub-national leaders, national governments, international organizations, UN agencies and specialists from across the world, in a move to convene local authorities in support of the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity. So far over 200 delegates have registered, representing 40 international cities and 16 subnational governments from 36 countries.


ICLEI, the world´s leading association of over 1200 cities and local governments dedicated to sustainable development, was one of the key partners who organized the City Biodiversity Summit at the CBD COP 10 at Nagoya, Japan in 2010. 



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