Cities and regions are inviting national governments to engage in the Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues.
The dialogues build on the Bonn-Fiji Commitment of Local and Regional Leaders to Deliver the Paris Agreement At All Levels, which called for in-country consultations between national, regional and local governments, which has since been taken up in the Talanoa Dialogue in 2018. The Bonn-Fiji Commitment was adopted at the Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders at COP23.
"Cities, states and regions hold tremendous power, especially when you work together…We are the laboratories of reform, we are the engines of innovation and we are where the action is," says Arnold Schwarzenegger.
"Our spotlight could not be any brighter, our megaphone could not be any louder," says Arnold Schwarzenegger of cities and regional governments at the closing of the Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders.
Arnold Schwarzenegger on local climate action: "There are many people blown away that local governments can do this kind of work…Our clean energy revolution is now sweeping the world and it is powered by cities, states and regions – like those gathered here today. I am proud of far we have come."
H.E. Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji and COP23 President: "We can draw from the power and enthusiasm of local and regional leaders in the mission to tackle climate change. So many of you have already demonstrated how to make decisions and implement them."