The statement on behalf of the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) constituency at the Talanoa Dialogue opening plenary was delivered by Mr David Jácome Polit, Chief Resilience Officer of Quito Metropolitan Government on 2 May.
Opening with the recognition that the Paris Agreement calls for engagement of all levels of governments, the LGMA statement emphasized the importance of strengthening multilevel climate governance in implementing Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). In this context, four key messages were delivered.
First, the Talanoa Dialogue is an opportunity to make NDCs fit for Paris Agreement. At COP 23, local and regional governments have advocated for the Facilitative Dialogue to be turned into an open, inclusive and year-long process. The COP23 Presidency was thanked for taking this vision forward, based on their vision of building a grand coalition, and convincing all UNFCCC Parties with this approach of Talanoa.
Second, local and regional governments and their networks immediately responded to this call by announcing Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues, thanks to the fruitful collaboration with the UN Climate Change Secretariat and Cop23 Presidency. Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues will help to seize the potential of urbanization and enhancement of the engagement of local and regional governments in climate action by fostering multilevel policy dialogue, coordination, collaboration and coherence among relevant processes and initiatives deliver and raise the ambition of NDCs.
Third, the Quito Metropolitan Government is one of the hosts of those initial 24 events that will convene Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues worldwide. This dialogue will take place on 4 May Friday, with the engagement of ministries of environment, finance, transport, housing, mayors across Ecuador, with representatives of civil society and financing institutions – respecting the true spirit of Talanoa. At the closing on 9 May, ICLEI and City of Bonn will also announce the additional 20+ Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues to be held globally.
Fourth, the LGMA expressed its appreciation to the UNFCCC secretariat on the first set of submissions. Diverse submissions of cities and regions as well as references of many Parties reaffirmed the importance of taking multilevel governance approaches in implementing NDCs and raising ambition.
Read the full opening statement here.