LGMA Talanoa closing statement

Mr Stefan Wagner, Head of the Department of International Affairs and Global Sustainability of the city of Bonn, Germany, delivered a Talanoa closing intervention on behalf of the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) constituency.  Expressing appreciation to the Presidencies for having led the Talanoa process in an open and inclusive manner, the statement delivered four key messages as follows.

First, the May Talanoa Dialogue underscored the importance of implementing Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement based on multilevel governance approaches.  Sundays Talanoas reaffirmed that the implementation of the Paris Agreement should accelerate through the engagement of all levels of government in the light of different national circumstances.

Second, the Talanoa process offers a critical opportunity to create synergy between the Urban World and NDC implementation.  Sustainable integrated urban and territorial development provides momentum and necessary ingredients for meeting the long term temperature goal of the Paris Agreement.

Third, two most recent examples of Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues were shared.  On 4 May, the city of Quito held its Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues which led to an MOU which creates the National Consultative Committee for Climate Change in Ecuador.  The city of Bonn held its high level, multi-stakeholder Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogue and Dinner on 27 April where concrete examples of Scottish green bonds and a common pool of resources for cities in Ghana were shared as best practices.

Fourth, pursuant to the LGMA Talanoa opening plenary statement, an addition list of Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues was announced which comprises 50 sessions in 45 countries, equally representing the global North and global South.  The LGMA constituency reiterated its full support to the Talanoa process in the lead up to COP 24 with a view to accelerating ambitious climate action worldwide at all levels.

You can read the full statement here.

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