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Local and regional governments to build on the momentum of the Paris Climate Agreement at COP 22

02 November 2016

Local and regional government networks of the Global Taskforce and their members will showcase the work that cities and regions are doing to tackle climate change, and continue their global advocacy for improved local climate financing.

The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) from 7 to 18 of November in Marrakesh, Morocco, will be the first COP to be held after the Paris Climate Agreement comes into force on 4 November 2016.

The moto of the COP 22 is “action”, and will give local and regional government delegates the opportunity to share the initiatives and partnerships they are taking to contribute to the achievement of the commitments of the Paris Agreement.

The Local Governments and Municipal Authorities Major Group and the Global Taskforce will participate in a number of events at the COP 22.

Local and regional government programme at the COP 22 in Marrakech

Roadmap for Global Climate Action

One of the unique features of COP22 is the Roadmap for Global Climate Action, developed by the COP Champions, H.E. Hakima El Haite and H.E. Laurence Tubiana, in collaboration with the UNFCCC Secretariat.

The Roadmap for Global Climate Action consists of 8 themes, each facilitated by relevant expert partners, to be discussed in a day long sessions focusing on showcasing initiatives and dialogues on next steps throughout the 2 weeks, outcomes of which will be discussed through a High Level day-long event on 17 November.

As part of this process, the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities Major Group, together with the Ministry of Interior of Morocco, are facilitating the Resilience Workstream of the Cities and Human Settlements Theme on 10 November.

Climate Summit for Local and Regional Leaders

The 2nd Climate Summit for Local and Regional Leaders will be held on Monday, 14 November at the Palmeraie Conference Center and the Palmeraie Gold Palace. The summit follows on the successful first edition hosted by the City of Paris in 2015 during the COP21 and will focus on “Financing the Sustainable Transition of Territories”.

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Download the Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders Programme in English and French.

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Cities and Regions Pavilion

There will be a special Cities and Regions Pavilion in the COP22 Green Zone, where daily LGMA briefings will be held, together with a number of LGMA-led events.

Blue Zone (accreditation required)

Throughout the two weeks, UNFCCC bodies will convene a number of events with the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities Major Group:

Low Emissions Solutions Conference

The first of its kind in a COP meeting, the Low-Emissions Solutions Conference (LESC) is an official event at COP22, Convened by the Government of Morocco, Sustainable Development Solutions Network, World Business Council for Sustainable Development and ICLEI. It will bring together technical experts, academics, local leaders and the private sector to share knowledge, exchange information, discuss best practices and prioritize future research in order to set common technological trajectories for a decarbonized economy as well as the transformations necessary in each sector.

The sessions will be held at the COP22 Blue Zone on 14-16 November. On the morning of Tuesday, 15 November, there will be two sessions focusing on Local Climate Action and Smart Cities.

Cities and Human Settlements - resilience and buildings

The Showcase and Dialogue on Cities and Human Settlements is organized by ICLEI to inspire, structure and showcase climate action in the field of resilience in cities and buildings. It aims at ensuring synergy between the Paris Agreement, the New Urban Agenda and Sendai Framework policies, and on financing urban resilience through subnational, national, regional, global and private resources.

More events in the Blue Zone:

  • Global Covenant of Mayors panel (November 15, time and place TBC)

  • 16 November at 15.00 "Act in favor of the climate in Africa: The engagement of Local Authorities organized by UCLG Africa, Trophées initiatives climat and IFDD (IFDD Space).

  • 17 November, at 16.45 “Financing sustainable local action for climate: what joint agenda for local non-Party stakeholders”, organized by UCLG, CEMR and the APREC in Room Pacific.

More information:

Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders Programme in English and French

Local and regional government programme at the COP 22

Climate Summit for Local and Regional Leaders

Low Emissions Solutions Conference

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