The Advisory Committee on Subnational Governments and Biodiversity (AC SNG) is a permanent structure officially recognised by the CBD through Decision X/22 of COP 10 that aims at bringing the voice of regions to the biodiversity agenda. Regions4, together with the government of Quebec, coordinates the AC SNG and its activities:
The AC SNG is a unique platform that is part of the Global Partnership on Local and Subnational Action for Biodiversity created by the CBD in 2010, it unites subnational leaders from Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America to advance regional solutions to global challenges, primarily focused on supporting the ongoing efforts of the CBD and its Parties and also accelerating innovative results by maintaining a consistent dialogue among themselves.
Direct references to the important involvement of subnational governments appears explicitly in 7 COP 14 Decisions including that of Mainstreaming biodiversity into economic sectors.
COP 14’s landmark declaration is an invitation to expand the dialogue and exchange experiences and best practices with subnational actors.
The plan provides a set of guidelines for national governments to further involve their subnational governments when revising their biodiversity strategies and action plans.
AC SNG members actively participate in CBD meetings such as COPs, SBSTTA, WGRI and other working groups. Their contributions aim to represent subnational governments worldwide; its members are an essential part of the Summits of Local and Subnational Governments, organised as an official parallel event to the CBD COPs.
The AC SNG has achieved important milestones since 2010: