Report by Ms. Lucie Lavoie, the City of Montreal
The 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was held in Montreal on December 7–19, 2022. It brought together national, as well as regional and city governments from around the world. The Parties delegates agreed to the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, a historic global landmark to safeguard nature and halt and reverse biodiversity loss, putting nature on a path to recovery by 2050.
As host city of the UN CBD Secretariat, Montreal invited cities across the world to make a commitment to protecting biodiversity.
In less than a month, 47 cities from all across the globe, from the 5 continents, committed to the Montreal Pledge,” putting forth 15 tangible actions towards pursuing and accelerating their efforts to preserve cosystems. They include: reducing threats to biodiversity, sharing the benefits of biodiversity, solutions, governance, management and education, which align with:
- Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (CDB);
ICLEI Cities with Nature, an international platform highlighting the commitments and initiatives undertaken by
cities to promote greening and biodiversity protection; and
- C40 Urban Nature Accelerator, a commitment by cities that are actively supporting nature and climate resilience.
If your city hasn’t already done so, we invite you to sign the Montreal Pledge.