Capacity building needs to be undertaken with a multilevel governance approach

 In Climate negotiations

Excerpts from the intervention delivered by Jisun Hwang, ICLEI Senior Climate Advocacy Officer, at the stocktaking plenary. The intervention was made on behalf of the LGMA constituency and it focused on the progress made under the SBI agenda sub-item of the Paris Committee on Capacity-building. The full statement will be posted on the UNFCCC website.

The LGMA constituency welcomes the progress made so far by all six bodies. We would like to reiterate our support once again to you Mr President for your oversight role in ensuring the progress in all bodies.

We focus this intervention specifically on the progress made under the SBI 47 agenda item 16 (b): Matters relating to capacity-building: Annual technical progress report of the Paris Committee on Capacity-building (PCCB) for 2017.

As noted by the COP, the PCCB will continue its 2017 focus area or theme in 2018, which is capacity-building activities for the implementation of NDCs in the context of the Paris Agreement. The LMGA constituency will ensure that capacity-building activities under the Paris Agreement are undertaken with a multilevel governance approach. We therefore call upon Parties to focus on enabling local and regional governments to enhance capacity-building activities that support the implementation of NDCs and the enhancement of the level of ambition of NDCs.

The LGMA constituency will continue to support the work of the PCCB, in particular its 2018 focus area or theme by sharing the lessons learned and opportunities identified for actions with high mitigation and adaptation potential, including those with sustainable development co-benefits at the local and regional level.

In this context, we underline the need for the COP to recommend to the PCCB strengthening of partnerships with governments at the local and regional level, including cities and other subnational authorities, with a view to better coordinating capacity-building activities for the implementation of NDCs in the context of the Paris Agreement through the engagements of government at all levels based on multilevel governance mechanisms.

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