Realising the Urban Opportunity: Cities and Post-2020 Biodiversity Governance

When it comes to ensuring a new deal for nature and people, cities have much to offer. Urban development and urban life are crucial in determining the nature and extent of biodiversity loss as well as shaping how the majority of the world’s population lives with nature. By restoring, conserving and thriving with nature, cities also have much to gain — from addressing climate change to improving the health and well-being of their communities. As negotiations continue on biodiversity action over the next decade, now is the critical moment to seize the opportunity for embedding an urban perspective throughout the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) under the UN Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD).

Cities are crucial for realising global goals for nature

Despite increasing the momentum for urban action, the current CBD agenda is too narrow

Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework needs to harness the urban opportunity

Greater recognition of urban capacities and alignment with the broader urban agenda are needed

Towards a transformative agenda for cities in the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Read a new policy brief