Municipalities are the key protagonists for climate action, says H.E. Barbara Hendricks, Federal Minister of Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), Germany. She acknowledges that it is the local and regional levels where people decide whether climate action will be successful – what is discussed at a national and international level, is a locally lived reality.
The Paris Agreement acknowledges the key role of subnational governments, and she sees that the subnational role is growing in importance. Ambitious climate action needs cooperation at all levels, says the minister.