We need multilevel climate action to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and avoid the worst effects of climate change.
Cities play a decisive role in the global response to climate change. They are responsible for more than 70 percent of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions and are experiencing some of the worst effects of climate change.
It is critical that national climate policy incorporates a strong urban component, and that all levels of government jointly shape, align and implement climate policy at all levels to harness the potential of our urban world.
Local and regional governments answered the call from the Fijian COP23 Presidency for open and inclusive dialogues and have implemented the Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues as a means to make multilevel governance a core component of climate action worldwide.
Multilevel governance: a key component of national climate policy
Under the Paris Agreement, nations are expected to submit targets every five years, and to increase the level of ambition with each submission. With a multilevel governance approach, we can narrow the gap between current Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the emissions reductions needed to achieve global targets.
With the recent reality check from the IPCC Special Report on 1.5 Degrees, it is critical that we ratchet up global climate action as quickly as possible – and well before 2020 when the first national updates are required.
By joining together and consolidating their commitments, all levels of government can progressively raise their commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.
ICLEI and the LGMA: the driving force behind the Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues
The Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues are a key focus of the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) constituency to the United Nations Frameworks Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). With ICLEI as its focal point, the LGMA aims to ensure that climate action is coordinated across all levels of government.
On behalf of the LGMA, ICLEI is bringing the results of the Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues to COP24, the 24th United Nations Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland. By demonstrating the momentum built by these dialogues, ICLEI will make the case for these conversations to continue well beyond 2018, while highlighting replicable processes and outcomes that all levels of government can incorporate into climate policy.
The ultimate aim is to make multilevel governance a mainstream part of climate action.
For more information on the LGMA constituency, its 20+ participating organizations and LGMA climate advocacy, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Local and regional governments are both climate action influencers and implementers. They are positioned to shape and strengthen climate policies and translate global goals into tangible results on the ground. They also have an increasingly influential voice in the global climate conversation. Through a strategically designed process combining global advocacy, thematic expertise, strategic communications and event planning and design, ICLEI leveraged the COP23 platform to deepening how local and regional governments engage in global climate action. This publication looks at this process, showing the strategic value it offers.
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Learn more about the Talanoa Dialogue and how cities and regions are contributing through multilevel climate discussions.
Talanoa is a traditional approach used in Fiji and the Pacific to engage in an inclusive, participatory and transparent dialogue (for more information, see decision 1/CP.23, annex II).
At COP21, a decision was made to convene a Facilitative Dialogue among Parties in 2018 to take stock of the collective efforts of Parties on the goals of the Paris Agreement, and to inform the preparation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Building on this mandate, it was decided to have this dialogue be known as the Talanoa Dialogue, launching it to start from January 2018 to culminate at COP24.
More information can be found in the following resources:
- Talanoa and beyond: Raising ambition with Cities and Regions, joint policy briefing by ICLEI, GIZ and UN-Habitat
- Urbanet article: Fostering Multilevel Governance: The Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues
- How ICLEI supports integrated Monitoring, Reporting and Verifying (MRV)
- Boosting subnational climate action through new climate governance: 2017 carbonn Climate Registry report
- Enabling subnational climate action through multilevel governance: a policy brief by ICLEI, GIZ and UN-Habitat
- Sustainable urbanization in the Paris Agreement: Comparative review of nationally determined contributions for urban content, by UN-Habitat (special partner to the Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues)
- Call for Vertical Integration of Local Authorities, by Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (special partner to the Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues)
- ICLEI’s GreenClimateCities (GCC) program
- carbonn Climate Registry (cCR)
- City Climate Planner Certificate Program
- Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues reporting guide
- The ICLEI Montreal Commitment and Strategic Vision 2018-2024
UNFCCC landing pages on inputs to the Talanoa Dialogue
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
- Question 1 – Where are we?
- Question 2 – Where do we want to go?
- Question 3 – How do we get there?
ICLEI submission on behalf of the Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues
Joint ICLEI-GIZ-UN Habitat
Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy
Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction
Association Climate Chance
Future Ocean Alliance
Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) and Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC)
We Are Still In
US Climate Alliance
State of California
FMDV for CCFLA Secretariat
International Association of Public Transport (UITP)
Sustainable Energy Policy Division, Environment Department, Nagano Prefectural Government
The Climate Group/Under2 Coalition
ICLEI and partners are hosting a webinar series to share updates and ensure coordination among the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities Constituency (LGMA) members and partners on the organization of Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues.
These webinars will take place every third Wednesday of the month.
First ICLEI webinar on Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues. See full powerpoint here.
Second ICLEI webinar on Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues. See full powerpoint here.
Third ICLEI webinar on Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues. See full powerpoint here.
- at 10am CEST: see live recording here
Fourth ICLEI webinar on Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues. See full powerpoint here.
- at 10am CET
- at 4pm CET: see live recording here
Fifth ICLEI webinar on Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues. See full powerpoint here.
Sixth ICLEI webinar on Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues. See full powerpoint here.
- CityTalk post: The Talanoa route to new climate governance
- CityTalk post: When science meets policy and practice: Top 3 ways to achieve Paris Goals
- CitiesIPCC Conference video: Announcing the first 20+ confirmed Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues
- UNFCCC media coverage on the Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues launched at the 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
In this section…
During COP 23, LMGA interventions were delivered by:
- Mayor of Bonn Ashok-Alexander Sridharan
- ICLEI Senior Climate Advocacy Officer Jisun Hwang
- LGMA Constituency Focal Point Yunus Arikan
The links to UNFCCC webcasts and interventions can be found below.
- 6 November COP 23 Opening Ceremony
- 6 November COP 23/CMP 13/CMA 1.2 plenaries
- 6 November – Joint SBSTA/SBI plenaries
- 7 November APA resumption plenary
- 7 November COP 23 and CMP 13 plenaries
- 11 November COP/CMP/CMA/SBSTA/SBI/APA stocktaking plenary
- 14 November SBSTA/SBI closing plenary
- 16 November – High Level Segment of COP 23/CMP 13/CMA 1.2
- 17 November COP 23 and CMA 1.2 plenaries
- 18 November APA suspension plenary
- 18 November COP/CMP/CMA closing and suspension plenaries
Marrakech Partnership Webcasts
- UNFCCC information on the MPGCA
- Programme of GCA events during COP 23 – Outline
- 2017 Yearbook
- 2017 Summary foe Policy Makers
- Outcomes of Human Settlements Thematic Day
- Outcomes of High Level Dialogue on SDG11
- Human Settlements (video)
- Transport (video)
- SDG11 and Climate Action (video)
- 13 November Monday – GCA Press Conference on SDG11 with Mayor of Bonn (video)
- 13 November Monday – GCA High Level Segment Opening with Governor Brown and Mayor of Seoul (video)
- 15 November – Marrakech partners Bula Zone High Level Closing with Mayor of Bonn and First Premier of Scotland (video)
COP 23 Webinars
- 1st Webinar: Monday, 24 April 2017, 10:00 and 16:00 CEST
- 2nd Webinar: Thursday, 22 June 2017, 10:00 and 16:00 CEST
- 3rd Webinar: Tuesday, 29 August 2017, 10:00 and 16:00 CEST
- 4th Webinar: Friday, 6 October 2017, 10:00 and 16:00 CEST
- 5th Webinar: Thursday, 26 October 2017, 10:00 and 16:00 CEST
- 6th Webinar – Outcomes: Thursday, 7 December 2017, 10:00 and 16:00 CEST
UNFCCC Press Conferences Webcasts
- 11 November Saturday – Press Conference on Human Settlements with Mayor of Pittsburgh
- 12 November Sunday – Press Conference of Leaders Summit and Global Covenant
- 12 November Sunday – Press Conference C40
- 13 November – Press Conference UNFCCC Financial Times – Future of Mobility with Deputy Mayor of Oslo
- 13 November – UNFCCC press Conference with US Governors
- UNFCCC information on the press
Climate Action Studio interviews