LMGA on the Talanoa Dialogue (2018 Facilitative Dialogue)

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At the plenary meeting of the COP and CMP on 7 November 2017, ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability in its capacity as the focal point of the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) constituency delivered an intervention focusing on the Talanoa Dialogue (2018 Facilitative Dialogue). Jisun Hwang, Senior Climate Advocacy at ICLEI World Secretariat delivered the intervention.

The full statement is posted in the UNFCCC website. Below are the excerpts on the main points of the intervention.

The LGMA constancy urges Parties to ensure conclusion the Paris Agreement Work Programme by 2018 and thus reassure the global community that climate action is advancing, evolving and accelerating.

We also encourage Parties to seize the opportunity of the ‘Urban World’ by collaborating with all levels of government and by positioning integrated, sustainable urban and territorial development as an important tool to accelerate the implementation of the NDCs.

We invite Parties to demonstrate leadership by strengthening the urban, regional and territorial dimensions of their NDCs. We call for Parties to make use of vertical and horizontal integration to connect climate action at and across all levels of government, and to set up inclusive consultations processes domestically with their local and regional governments during the process of the Talanoa Dialogue.

In order to support this work, we commit to working with Parties to identify concrete opportunities for greater climate ambition. Where applicable, we will establish our own Locally and Regionally Determined Contributions to help national governments achieve and exceed existing NDCs.

On the transparency of action and support, local and regional governments have much to contribute to enhancing the transparency of action by cities and other subnational authorities through such mechanisms as the carbonn Climate Registry of ICLEI which is one of the main data providers to the NAZCA platform.

We the Local and regional governments reaffirm our resolve to raise our climate action ambition and implement the Paris Agreement goals in our jurisdictions in support of your work at the COP through this agenda item by operationalising integrated policy frameworks and multilevel governance mechanisms.

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