Intergovernmental climate negotiation processes take place year round. The topics to be discussed and draft decisions to be adopted at COP meetings are prepared and guided by two subsidiary bodies focusing on implementation (SBI) and scientific and technical guidance (SBSTA). These bodies meet for two weeks twice a year. In addition, a number of technical groups with various focus areas such as finance, adaptation and capacity building meet throughout the year. Tune in for updates from our advocacy team on what these processes and negotiations mean for local and regional governments.
The Paris Agreement recognizes that all levels of government are vital in strengthening the global response to climate change. Now, as nations lay out the rulebook for implementing the Paris Agreement, it is important that this translates into concrete mechanisms that secure a strong role for local and regional governments in achieving national climate action plans known as Nationally Determined Contributions.
ICLEI, in its capacity as the focal point working on behalf of the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities Constituency to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is tracking the official climate negotiations and mobilizing local and regional leaders to achieve more ambitious climate action driven by cooperation among all levels of government.