SINGAPORE’S STATEMENT FOR CLUSTER 4 (28 August 2019):
Delivered by Ms. Wendy Yap Hwee Min, National Parks Board, Singapore
Singapore as a city-state underlines the importance and value of urban biodiversity which has been elaborated in the 2012 SCBD’s Cities and Biodiversity Outlook publication; and the importance of engaging cities, local and subnational authorities in the post-2020 framework.
First, we need to review Decision X/22 on the Plan of Action on Subnational Governments, Cities and Other Local Authorities for Biodiversity endorsed at COP 10 for the period 2011-2020. Cities, local and subnational authorities have been encouraged to develop Local Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans and apply the City Biodiversity Index, a tool developed to evaluate the biodiversity conservation efforts of the cities. We need to consolidate the other achievements to-date and develop a more ambitious plan which would enable Parties to support efforts and recognise the contribution of cities, local and subnational authorities to the post-2020 framework.
In this context we are supportive of ICLEI’s draft 10 point framework as contribution to the post-2020 discussions on the role and contribution of cities, local and subnational authorities to the post-2020 framework.