The Cities & Region Pavilion is the home base for local and regional governments at COP. With a diverse program throughout the full two weeks, the Pavilion offers a space for events, exchanges, meetings and partnership building.

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6 NOV
6 NOV
LGMA briefing
08:30 - 09:30

The Agenda 21 adopted at the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 introduced an innovative concept by defining 9 Major Groups of the society as essential partners of the implementation of global agreements. In the UNFCCC context, they are gathered under the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency through their national, global or thematic associations that are admitted to the UNFCCC. ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability acts as the LGMA focal point since COP 1 in 1995. Held daily during COP 23, ICLEI will provide key updates and policy guidance that are pertinent to the LGMA Constituency with a view to helping them contribute further to the UNFCCC negotiations process. This will include sharing of views on written and oral interventions, preparation for open-ended informal consultations with the Presidencies, in particular regarding the 2018 facilitative dialogue whose preparatory process will be launched at COP 23.

Organized by
ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability in its capacity as the LGMA Constituency focal point to the UNFCCC

LGMA briefing

The Agenda 21 adopted at the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 introduced an innovative concept by defining 9 Major Groups of the society as essential partners of the implementation of global agreements. In the UNFCCC context, they are gathered under the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency through their national, global or thematic associations that are admitted to the UNFCCC. ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability acts as the LGMA focal point since COP 1 in 1995. Held daily during COP 23, ICLEI will provide key updates and policy guidance that are pertinent to the LGMA Constituency with a view to helping them contribute further to the UNFCCC negotiations process. This will include sharing of views on written and oral interventions, preparation for open-ended informal consultations with the Presidencies, in particular regarding the 2018 facilitative dialogue whose preparatory process will be launched at COP 23.

Organized by
ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability in its capacity as the LGMA Constituency focal point to the UNFCCC

LGMA briefing
08:30 - 09:30

The Agenda 21 adopted at the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 introduced an innovative concept by defining 9 Major Groups of the society as essential partners of the implementation of global agreements. In the UNFCCC context, they are gathered under the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency through their national, global or thematic associations that are admitted to the UNFCCC. ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability acts as the LGMA focal point since COP 1 in 1995. Held daily during COP 23, ICLEI will provide key updates and policy guidance that are pertinent to the LGMA Constituency with a view to helping them contribute further to the UNFCCC negotiations process. This will include sharing of views on written and oral interventions, preparation for open-ended informal consultations with the Presidencies, in particular regarding the 2018 facilitative dialogue whose preparatory process will be launched at COP 23.

Organized by
ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability in its capacity as the LGMA Constituency focal point to the UNFCCC

A low carbon, low energy water sector: scaling up from project to programmatic approaches
10:30 - 12:00

The urban water sector can make a significant contribution to meet the NDCs, while building a circular economy. Experiences from utilities on their path to carbon neutrality can be leveraged towards upscaling a holistic approach into programmes balancing policy, regulatory and capacity and economic aspects through participatory stakeholder engagement. In this session the knowledge platform ‘carbon neutrality for urban water’ will be launched which supports the transition of drinking water and wastewater utilities. Inspiring case studies will illustrate innovative technologies and business models, as well as lessons learned and best practices from pioneering utilities in both developed and emerging economies.

Organized by
International Water Association - IWA, Japan Water Forum - JWF, - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit - GIZ, the ClimateIsWater Initiative and The NoWNET

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Future Climate and Environmental Change along the Millenium Silk Road
12:00 - 13:30

Research on climate change and environmental issues along the Silk Road. Risk analysis on extreme weather, environmental hazards, and natural disasters, influenced by climate change.

Organized by
China Association for Science and Technology - CAST, China New Energy Chamber of Commerce - CNECC, China South Low Carbon Academy - CSLCA

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Implementation of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement
13:30 - 15:00

The inclusion of Article 6 on cooperative approaches in the Paris Agreement can be considered a major success, and a minor miracle. It paves the way for international cooperation to play an important role under the new emerging climate regime. Negotiations on the implementation of Article 6 have been progressing since COP22 and the latest sessions of the Subsidiary Bodies. However, more needs to be done to fully operationalise this article. Against this backdrop, ICTSD/ERCST and IGES, supported by ICAP, are organising this COP23 side event to discuss progress and challenges towards implementing Article 6. The event will be informed by a few, select experts and an ensuing open debate on how to drive progress towards operationalising international cooperation under the Paris Agreement.

Organized by
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development - ICTSD, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies - IGES

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7 NOV
7 NOV
LGMA briefing
08:30 - 09:30

The Agenda 21 adopted at the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 introduced an innovative concept by defining 9 Major Groups of the society as essential partners of the implementation of global agreements. In the UNFCCC context, they are gathered under the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency through their national, global or thematic associations that are admitted to the UNFCCC. ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability acts as the LGMA focal point since COP 1 in 1995. Held daily during COP 23, ICLEI will provide key updates and policy guidance that are pertinent to the LGMA Constituency with a view to helping them contribute further to the UNFCCC negotiations process. This will include sharing of views on written and oral interventions, preparation for open-ended informal consultations with the Presidencies, in particular regarding the 2018 facilitative dialogue whose preparatory process will be launched at COP 23.

Organized by
ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability in its capacity as the LGMA Constituency focal point to the UNFCCC

Paris Agreement and Agenda 2030 – Towards Policy Coherence Local Examples – Global Goals
10:30 - 12:00

The Paris Agreement and the Agenda 2030 present many overlapping and complementary topics, that pave the way towards transformative policy. They rightfully recognise the local levels as being of critical importance in moving towards sustainable development. Indigenous and local authorities are key actors when it comes to the implementation of these agreements: both assume important role model functions in their territories. This event will explore the contribution of the local level in implementing international agreements and take a deeper look at the opportunities for local authorities and indigenous peoples to learn from each other. Light snacks and refreshments will be offered.

Organized by
Climate Alliance

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Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management: What do we miss?
12:00 - 13:30

Frequencies and magnitudes of processes such as floods, heat waves, storms or landslides challenge disaster risk management (DRM) in many ways. Urgent questions for disaster managers arise: Will areas for settlement remain safe? Do forecasts meet the needs of disaster managers? How can Climate Change Adaptation and DRM go hand in hand? The master program “Disaster Management and Risk Governance” at Bonn University trains DRM professionals to reflect such issues. The chief of the fire brigade Bonn, alumni and lecturers of the program will discuss theory and practice of interlinking Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management.

Organized by
University of Bonn, City of Bonn, Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance - BBK

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Climate change in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany - Monitoring & adaptation strategies
13:30 - 15:00

With this session we want to offer a contact and exchange platform for regional level institutions with focus on monitoring climate change effects and developing adaptation strategies with regard on following keynote talks:

1.) A monitoring program to record climatic changes in North Rhine-Westphalia 2.) The climate analysis as a tool to cope with a warming climate in urban areas

Both short keynote talks are firstly addressed with perspectives from our agency, in the following we want to provide time for discussion and exchange on both key questions.

Organized by
North Rhine-Westphalian State Agency for Nature, Environment and Consumer Protection

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An Inter-generational dialogue on the designing of the Paris Rulebook
15:00 - 16:30

Interactive panel discussion on how views of non-Party Stakeholders, especially youth & academia, can be incorporated in design of Paris Rulebook & 2018 Facilitative Dialogue -advocating civil society’s position in stocktaking, priorities in negotiations & role of energy revolution in this dynamic.

Organized by
Plant for the Planet Foundation, Global Marshall and Green Club

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8 NOV
8 NOV
LGMA briefing
08:30 - 09:30

The Agenda 21 adopted at the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 introduced an innovative concept by defining 9 Major Groups of the society as essential partners of the implementation of global agreements. In the UNFCCC context, they are gathered under the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency through their national, global or thematic associations that are admitted to the UNFCCC. ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability acts as the LGMA focal point since COP 1 in 1995. Held daily during COP 23, ICLEI will provide key updates and policy guidance that are pertinent to the LGMA Constituency with a view to helping them contribute further to the UNFCCC negotiations process. This will include sharing of views on written and oral interventions, preparation for open-ended informal consultations with the Presidencies, in particular regarding the 2018 facilitative dialogue whose preparatory process will be launched at COP 23.

Organized by
ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability in its capacity as the LGMA Constituency focal point to the UNFCCC

Table talks - German and International impulses for local climate action
09:30 - 10:30

Breakfast Table Talk: Down by the river - Creating quality blue infrastructure by adapting to climate change
09:30 - 10:30

Adaptation to climate change is often seen as a challenge, but there are many solutions that can yield multiple benefits for the environment and people, like increased biodiversity, quality of spaces and better recreational value. Arnsberg has shown how adaptation can be used to enhance the quality of life in town, particularly by watercourse restoration.

"Table Talks - German and International impulses for local climate action" is a series of seven breakfast events. In each session a German and a city or region representative from another country around the globe will discuss and compare approaches and solutions to major climate protection challenges, and assess the potential of translating solutions to different geographic, political and cultural contexts.

Organized by
ICLEI European Secretariat; German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)

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The Future We Want – Transforming our World
10:30 - 12:00

What is the role of municipalities in achieving climate justice and what can they learn from the Global South? These key questions will guide us through “The Future We Want” workshop. The event focuses on the importance of the local level in the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. It presents global partnerships, what we can learn from them as well as common challenges faced. Participants will have the chance to discuss policy recommendations in support of a good life for all as they apply to the local, regional and European levels. Join us for a lively discussion as well as light snacks and refreshments.

Organized by
Climate Alliance, ASTM and Climate Alliance Luxembourg

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Sustainable urban development: Projects, solutions and education for climate adaptation
12:00 - 13:30

Recovery and adaptation design of urban areas and villages for CCTs and SDGs, with highly efficient electricity mixed production, enhancing bioclimatic buildings, pavements and urban agglomerations, restoring marginal areas with a participatory approach by local communities and young peoples.

Organized by
COBASE, Cooperativa Tecnico Scientifica di Base - ECOSOC, Association of Sustainable Ecological Engineering Development - ASEED, Gherush92 Committee for Human Rights - Gherush92 and Global Leader Education Institute - GLE

Urban Sustainability Management Seminar
13:30 - 15:00

The consulting engineers’ role in the sustainable development of the built environment and the industry’s commitment to and call for a holistic and integrated approach that addresses the mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change, with as an example Berlin’s TXL urban energy planning. The new ISO management standard for sustainable cities and communities contribution to multi-actor, multi-disciplinary sustainability governance and FIDIC’s action plan and tools to support implementation at the project and community levels. Roundtable Discussion: the next steps and need for training, guidance and tools to implement and improve urban sustainability management systems.

Organized by
The International Federation of Consulting Engineers - FIDIC, and The German Association of Consulting Engineers - VBI

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How city-to-city partnerships can support the Paris agreement?
15:00 - 16:30

The Paris Agreement recognizes that local and regional governments have an important role to play in global climate action. A strong coalition of all levels of governance, communities and businesses is needed to reach the ambitious targets for climate change mitigation and adaptation. City-to-city partnerships provide a framework for municipalities to support each other, to exchange municipal know-how and to share good practices. Reaching beyond fruitful exchange, Municipal Climate Partnerships take joint action. In the last years more than 50 German municipalities developed joint action plans together with their partners from the Global South. The side event will showcase examples of the implementation of these actions plans. Instruments, processes and success factors for joint action in the framework of city-to-city cooperation will be discussed in order to motivate other municipalities to join in.

Organized by
City of Bonn and Engagement Global/SKEW

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9 NOV
9 NOV
LGMA briefing
08:30 - 09:30

The Agenda 21 adopted at the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 introduced an innovative concept by defining 9 Major Groups of the society as essential partners of the implementation of global agreements. In the UNFCCC context, they are gathered under the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency through their national, global or thematic associations that are admitted to the UNFCCC. ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability acts as the LGMA focal point since COP 1 in 1995. Held daily during COP 23, ICLEI will provide key updates and policy guidance that are pertinent to the LGMA Constituency with a view to helping them contribute further to the UNFCCC negotiations process. This will include sharing of views on written and oral interventions, preparation for open-ended informal consultations with the Presidencies, in particular regarding the 2018 facilitative dialogue whose preparatory process will be launched at COP 23.

Organized by
ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability in its capacity as the LGMA Constituency focal point to the UNFCCC

Table talks - German and International impulses for local climate action
09:30 - 10:30

Breakfast Table Talk: Going up the country - Creating attractive rural communities supported by renewable energy
09:30 - 10:30

Everybody talks about urbanization and demographic change in the countryside because young people are moving to the cities. However, there are ways to turn this trend. The district of Rhein-Hunsrück has used its renewable energy potential to create economic value and lively attractive communities that keep people where they are. The Province of Flemish Brabant has the ambitious goal to become climate neutral in 2040 with ‘1001 ideas for a climate neutral Flemish Brabant to attract participation and support development opportunities.

"Table Talks - German and International impulses for local climate action" is a series of seven breakfast events. In each session a German and a city or region representative from another country around the globe will discuss and compare approaches and solutions to major climate protection challenges, and assess the potential of translating solutions to different geographic, political and cultural contexts.

Organized by
ICLEI European Secretariat; German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)

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What African local governments need to be able to contribute to the NDCs?
10:30 - 12:00



Organized by
ICLEI Africa and South African Local Government Association (SALGA)

What African local governments need to be able to contribute to the NDCs?
10:30 - 12:00

The impact of climate change is felt the strongest in growing economies, indicating the need for adaptation and resilience. The financing of resilient solutions is however a concern, and although the Paris Agreement recognizes the need for financial support, the “how” and “what” still needs to be unpacked in the implementation guidelines, also known as the “rulebook”. This links to the concern of access to finance, that is restricted in African cities.

Organized by
ICLEI Africa and South African Local Government Association- SALGA

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Future Energy Scenarios for African Cities
12:00 - 13:30

This panel discussion will focus on unpacking the megatrends that will shape the future of African cities. It is based on a report that presents scenarios and policy choices, with four specific examples of successful energy and climate action including both private and public sector led initiatives. This session will present the outcomes of the energy scenarios for sub-Saharan African cities and coordinate an interactive discussion around the three identified models for action. It will include a brief introduction followed by input from the panel, with a Q&A session from the floor.

Organized by
ICLEI Africa and EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility- EUEI PDF

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Reality Check on Vertical Integration for Climate Action in Africa
13:30 - 15:00

This event will explore the Sub-Saharan Africa region and approaches to tackle climate change, specifically looking at multilevel governance (also referred to as vertical integration), namely how all levels of government work together to address climate change and access to sustainable, clean energy. This includes looking at approaches to communicate, coordinate and jointly plan approaches, considering mandates and roles for each level of government - all of which are essential to the mutual reinforcement of approaches to address low emission development, sustainable energy and climate resilience. In the context of the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA), the session will help to make a reality check on the current situation and how to realistically improve cooperation among all levels of government in climate action to achieve benefits for the communities and the nation. A brief introduction to new guidance on multi-level governance jointly prepared by ICLEI, UN-Habitat and GIZ will be presented to set the scene, followed by a panel discussion to explore challenges and solutions for the African continent, when exploring multi-level governance to scale up climate action. The panel will include African mayors, city networks and national government representatives.

Organized by
Covenant of Mayors Office in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Transition Stories: Industrial Legacy, Sustainable Future
15:00 - 16:30

Industrial legacy cities are connected by a similar development history but each has their own unique story to tell. To launch the Urban Transition Alliance, cities from Asia, North America and Europe will share their transition stories, pressing challenges and their visions for a sustainable future. Together, their examples will paint the picture of a global transition process. Local government peers, investors, businesses and international organizations interested in discovering a new path forward for industrial cities and regions are invited to discover how urban transitions have the potential to achieve powerful climate action.

Organized by
ICLEI World Secretariat and Regionalverband Ruhr - RVR

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City Climate Planner Launch: Launch of training and certification scheme
16:30 - 18:00

The City Climate Planner Program builds capacity in cities to take action on climate change. The Program provides training and professional credentials to individuals who work in or with cities on climate action planning. The first certification, for Urban GHG Inventory Specialists, is based on the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC), the most comprehensive global protocol for calculating and reporting greenhouse gas inventories. The program was developed by the World Bank along with partnering organizations ICLEI, C40 and WRI. The City Climate Planner Secretariat is co-hosted by GBCI, ICLEI and WRI.

Organized by
ICLEI World Secretariat, World Resource Institute - WRI, and Green Business Certification Inc - GBCI

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10 NOV
10 NOV
LGMA briefing
08:30 - 09:30

The Agenda 21 adopted at the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 introduced an innovative concept by defining 9 Major Groups of the society as essential partners of the implementation of global agreements. In the UNFCCC context, they are gathered under the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency through their national, global or thematic associations that are admitted to the UNFCCC. ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability acts as the LGMA focal point since COP 1 in 1995. Held daily during COP 23, ICLEI will provide key updates and policy guidance that are pertinent to the LGMA Constituency with a view to helping them contribute further to the UNFCCC negotiations process. This will include sharing of views on written and oral interventions, preparation for open-ended informal consultations with the Presidencies, in particular regarding the 2018 facilitative dialogue whose preparatory process will be launched at COP 23.

Organized by
ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability in its capacity as the LGMA Constituency focal point to the UNFCCC

Breakfast Table Talk: Here comes the sun -Make the most out of your solar potentials
09:30 - 10:30

Still we are far away from using the potentials that are offered by solar energy both for heating and cooling as well as electricity. Often this is due to a lack of information and knowledge both on the technical and economic side. Osnabrück has created successful tools to promote and support the use of solar energy in the city by public sector, companies and private sector, helping them to explore and evaluate their solar potential. Also Toyama city promotes renewable energy such as solar and micro hydropower. Both cities focus on making the most of international cooperation in this area.

"Table Talks - German and International impulses for local climate action" is a series of seven breakfast events. In each session a German and a city or region representative from another country around the globe will discuss and compare approaches and solutions to major climate protection challenges, and assess the potential of translating solutions to different geographic, political and cultural contexts.

Organized by
ICLEI European Secretariat; German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)

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National Urban Policy for Better Urban Growth
10:30 - 12:00

This session will look at the rise of new mobility services in cities around the world: e-hailing services like Uber, SafeBoda or Ola Cabs, virtual planning and ticketing apps like CityMapper and Moovit, and innovative products such as electric or autonomous cars. We will explore how transit agencies are working with these new mobility services – or failing to do so – and consider the implications for decarbonising urban transport systems. We are very fortunate to be joined by senior leaders from both the public and private sectors, who can offer different perspectives on urban transport in low and middle income countries. The event will be facilitated by experts from leading research institutions working on transport, equity and sustainability in the global South.

Objectives

1. Provide an overview of new mobility services which are changing the way people move in urban centers. 2. Share practical experiences, achievements and priorities in the urban transport space. 3. Discuss how governments can work with new mobility services, particularly in low and middle income countries, to reduce emissions while achieving wider social, economic and environmental goals.

Organized by
Coalition for Urban Transitions, a New Climate Economy Special Initiative

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Transformative local actions toward Climate resilient and sustainable cities in East Asia
12:00 - 15:00

East Asian cities have been taking transformative actions to move forward to become climate resilient and sustainable cities by embracing various solutions through global, regional and local cooperation with support from ICLEI offices in the region. This session will present local actions and new initiatives of East Asian cities from China, Chinese Taipei, Japan, Korea and Mongolia to tackle climate change and contribute to Paris Agreement in the areas of energy transition, local resilience, ecomobility, etc. In addition cities will highlight importance of city-to-city cooperation to bring bold actions for climate mitigation and adaptation.

Organized by
ICLEI East Asia, ICLEI Japan, ICLEI Kaohsiung Capacity Center and ICLEI Korea

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Low carbon transport: moving people and goods, not vehicles
15:00 - 16:30

The transportation of both people and goods in urban environments is an essential aspect of cities but also a large and growing contributor to GHG emissions. The transport sector contributes 23% of global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions and 18% of all man-made emissions. The session will highlight EcoMobility and EcoLogistics as priority areas for local and national governments by raising awareness, collecting and developing policies, action plans, recommendations and guide pioneering cities to exemplary action.

Organized by
ICLEI and Kaohsiung City

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External Info
EcoMobility Official Website

City Successes with the Building Efficiency Accelerator
16:30 - 18:00

The Building Efficiency Accelerator is a public-private collaboration with 29 local and subnational governments accelerating the pace and ambition of building efficiency policies and projects. At this event, BEA partner cities will share their accomplishments and lessons learned as they prioritize potential building efficiency actions and work towards successful implementation. Cities that join the Building Efficiency Accelerator commit to implement three building efficiency actions: a demonstration project, a policy, and a method to track progress. We’ll hear from several BEA partner cities about the actions they are taking and the progress they’ve made in collaboration with local public and private sector stakeholders and global building efficiency experts.

Organized by
World Resource Institute - WRI and ICLEI

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11 NOV
11 NOV
LGMA briefing
08:30 - 09:30

The Agenda 21 adopted at the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 introduced an innovative concept by defining 9 Major Groups of the society as essential partners of the implementation of global agreements. In the UNFCCC context, they are gathered under the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency through their national, global or thematic associations that are admitted to the UNFCCC. ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability acts as the LGMA focal point since COP 1 in 1995. Held daily during COP 23, ICLEI will provide key updates and policy guidance that are pertinent to the LGMA Constituency with a view to helping them contribute further to the UNFCCC negotiations process. This will include sharing of views on written and oral interventions, preparation for open-ended informal consultations with the Presidencies, in particular regarding the 2018 facilitative dialogue whose preparatory process will be launched at COP 23.

Organized by
ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability in its capacity as the LGMA Constituency focal point to the UNFCCC

Breakfast Table Talk: Power to the people -Motivating and involving citizens in actions to fight climate change
09:30 - 10:30

Not everything works with the people but nothing works without them. No community, no city and no country will reach its climate protection goals without the collaboration of its citizens. As much as a local government can offer, it will always need the people to make it work, be it by changing their behavior or by making their own investments. Mannheim and Barcelona will talk about the role civic initiatives can play in achieving climate goals and how they managed to mobilize their citizens to fight climate change.

"Table Talks - German and International impulses for local climate action" is a series of seven breakfast events. In each session a German and a city or region representative from another country around the globe will discuss and compare approaches and solutions to major climate protection challenges, and assess the potential of translating solutions to different geographic, political and cultural contexts.

Organized by
ICLEI European Secretariat; German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)

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Connecting urban low emission development to NDCs
10:30 - 12:00



Organized by
ICLEI

3rd Annual High Level Assembly of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement
12:00 - 14:00

The Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement is an initiative launched by Seoul Metropolitan Government in partnership with ICLEI, with the support of the United Nations Environment Programme and the Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute. The aim is to create a worldwide network of leading cities that meet, share and develop their capabilities to implement sustainable and innovation procurement to drive a transition to sustainable production and consumption. The 3rd Network Event is taking place within the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP) 23 in Bonn. It will be used as an opportunity for high level city representatives to showcase the sustainable procurement activities and commitments which the participating cities have introduced, and the power these can have in addressing climate change.

Organized by
ICLEI and the Seoul Metropolitan Government

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External information:

Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement website

Multilevel Governance in implementing the NDCs: the cases of Argentina, Brazil and Colombia
14:00 - 15:30

This session aims to present how Argentina, Brazil and Colombia National Governments are engaging with their subnational and local governments in order to build their strategies to implement their NDCs. The session features three panels, in which each country will present its governance framework and experiences. After the panels, there will be a debate among the countries’ representatives about the challenges they face in each context, and how to improve national processes by sharing experiences with other countries.

Organized by
ICLEI South America and Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy

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NDC Implementation in Asia
15:30 - 17:30

ICLEI South Asia, in its capacity as the Asia LEDS Partnership (ALP) Secretariat (along with ICLEI SEA & EAS) is organizing a session on “NDC implementation in Asia”. Opening remarks/presentations on the role of the LEDS Global Partnership and the Asia LEDS Partnership will be followed by a key-note on LEDS implementation in Province of Melaka, Malaysia and remarks on NDC implementation by country representatives and sub-national representatives. The panel will deliberate on:

• Success factors & challenges in operationalising NDCs • Is financing (domestic/international) a barrier for NDC implementation? - Country specific experiences and learnings • Opportunities and experiences in sub-national implementation of NDCs • Suggested role for the Asia LEDS Partnership/LEDS Global Partnership to support NDC implementation

Organized by
ICLEI South Asia and Asia LEDS Partnership

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12 NOV
12 NOV
Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders - Schedule of press Q&A
12:15 - 18:00

A special media program and press dialogues complementary to the Climate Summit of Local and Regions Leaders will take place in the Cities & Regions Pavilion. Various regional and thematic panels of speakers will be featured, including: - two European clusters, one of which featuring the mayors of the 2017 - 2019 European Green Capitals - a panel with cities and islands from the global South on the front-lines of climate change - a panel with US climate leaders at state, local and community level

Organized by
ICLEI

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CCFLA coordinating and networking meeting
18:00 - 19:00

The Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance (CCFLA) was created in 2014 to close the investment gap for cities and regions for low-carbon and resilient infrastructure and project. This closed meeting invites CCFLA members gathering at COP to exchange on CCFLA activities, deliverables, strategy and perspectives for 2018. Topic covered will include: (a) Update on CCFLA activities, mapping and strategy including messaging during High Level segments; (b) Update on activities from members; (c) Joint agenda for the coming days and month, including the Paris Summit on Financing on December 12th.

Organized by
The Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance - CCFLA

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13 NOV
13 NOV
LGMA briefing
08:30 - 09:30

The Agenda 21 adopted at the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 introduced an innovative concept by defining 9 Major Groups of the society as essential partners of the implementation of global agreements. In the UNFCCC context, they are gathered under the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency through their national, global or thematic associations that are admitted to the UNFCCC. ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability acts as the LGMA focal point since COP 1 in 1995. Held daily during COP 23, ICLEI will provide key updates and policy guidance that are pertinent to the LGMA Constituency with a view to helping them contribute further to the UNFCCC negotiations process. This will include sharing of views on written and oral interventions, preparation for open-ended informal consultations with the Presidencies, in particular regarding the 2018 facilitative dialogue whose preparatory process will be launched at COP 23.

Organized by
ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability in its capacity as the LGMA Constituency focal point to the UNFCCC

Breakfast Table Talk: If I were smart - Spotlight on European smart solutions
09:30 - 10:30

Today everybody and every city want to be smart. However, it is not clearly defined what smart solutions exactly are. This talk will explore what smart solutions could/ should be and what role information and communication technology plays in this. It will also touch on the interplay between technologies and the human factor and the societal impact of solutions.

"Table Talks - German and International impulses for local climate action" is a series of seven breakfast events. In each session a German and a city or region representative from another country around the globe will discuss and compare approaches and solutions to major climate protection challenges, and assess the potential of translating solutions to different geographic, political and cultural contexts.

Organized by
ICLEI European Secretariat; German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)

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U.S. Climate Alliance
10:30 - 12:00



Organized by
State of California

Stories of Citizen Climate Action: U.S. People's Delegation Panel Discussion / Localizing the Paris Agreement
12:00 - 13:30

The United States' commitment to climate action has waned at the federal level, making diverse and passionate voices from grassroots U.S. representatives more critical than ever. This panel brings together a group of citizen activists, local government staff and members of the youth and environmental justice communities to discuss what’s working and what’s not working for climate action and adaptation in U.S. communities. The stories put forth in the session aim to inform climate policy around the world and better prepare communities for climate change by inserting the People's perspectives into the COP dialogue space.

Co-hosted by
ICLEI USA and 350.org

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Southeast Asian Cities towards Low Carbon and Resilient Urban Development
13:30 - 15:00

The session aims to present the progress of Southeast Asian cities toward low-carbon and resilient urban development. It will showcase innovative regional projects, ambitious local climate programs, and demonstration projects that tackle synergies and co-benefits among low carbon strategies, resilience building, and sustainable development. The panel discussion will emphasize the synergistic relationship between cities and national governments in realizing their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). The session can help foster knowledge exchange among cities and national governments from the Global South and identify entry points to sustain partnerships and enhance multi-level governance towards the achievement of local climate goals and the NDCs.

Organized by
ICLEI Southeast Asia

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Front Line Cities and Islands
15:00 - 16:30



Organized by
ICLEI and Global Island Partnership- GLISPA

Climate Change, Air Pollution, and Health – Maximizing Benefits in Cities
16:30 - 18:00

Air pollution causes more than 6 million deaths annually. Outdoor air pollution is mainly an urban problem; with most cities exceeding the WHO recommended safe levels. Solutions are available within the transport, energy, waste, housing and industry sectors, with the potential to save millions of lives annually. The event will showcase solutions that will improve air quality and limit near-term climate change in cities. Ongoing action will be presented, including the Urban Health Initiative and the BreatheLife campaign. There will be a call for action to get more cities on board, including as a part of the BreatheLife city network.

Organized by
World Health Organization - WHO, Climate and Clean Air Coalition - CCAC and ICLEI

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14 NOV
14 NOV
LGMA briefing
08:30 - 09:30

The Agenda 21 adopted at the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 introduced an innovative concept by defining 9 Major Groups of the society as essential partners of the implementation of global agreements. In the UNFCCC context, they are gathered under the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency through their national, global or thematic associations that are admitted to the UNFCCC. ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability acts as the LGMA focal point since COP 1 in 1995. Held daily during COP 23, ICLEI will provide key updates and policy guidance that are pertinent to the LGMA Constituency with a view to helping them contribute further to the UNFCCC negotiations process. This will include sharing of views on written and oral interventions, preparation for open-ended informal consultations with the Presidencies, in particular regarding the 2018 facilitative dialogue whose preparatory process will be launched at COP 23.

Organized by
ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability in its capacity as the LGMA Constituency focal point to the UNFCCC

Breakfast Table Talk: Get ready - Being prepared for a changing urban climate
09:30 - 10:30

As yet the impacts of climate change are only felt occasionally, particularly through heat waves and extreme storm-water events. However, predictions clearly indicate an increasing frequency of these events. Grey, green and blue infrastructures cannot be instantly changed and therefore a mid to long-term strategy is needed to be ready for a changing urban climate. The talk will explore how cities are factoring in a changing climate in their current development.

"Table Talks - German and International impulses for local climate action" is a series of seven breakfast events. In each session a German and a city or region representative from another country around the globe will discuss and compare approaches and solutions to major climate protection challenges, and assess the potential of translating solutions to different geographic, political and cultural contexts.

Organized by
ICLEI European Secretariat; German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)

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Comprehensive Financial Solutions to Increase the Climate Resilience of Cities
10:30 - 12:00

Key Message 1: The World Bank Group’s City Resilience Program (CRP) is designed to address the disconnect between investors seeking opportunities and city leaders that require external capital to develop their infrastructure. Key Message 2: There is a shortage in the number and range of high-quality investment opportunities in urban public infrastructure, particularly that respond to the pressures of rapid urbanization and climate change, that are attractive to private investors. Key Message 3: Despite large infrastructure needs and potential opportunities for investors, the market is not sufficiently developed to enable the flow of capital into infrastructure projects.

Organized by
City Resilience Program, the World Bank

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Local and Regional Governments at the heart of new Partnerships for Global Goals achievement
12:00 - 13:30



Organized by
The Global Network of Cities, Local and Regional Governments (UCLG) and The Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)
On behalf of the Global Taskforce of local and regional governments (GTF)

Global Covenant of Mayors in Latin America: a Call for Action
13:30 - 15:00

The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy is a global coalition that engages local leaders from around the world in actions to fight climate change and move to a low-carbon, resilient society. This movement, which brings together more than 7,400 cities around the world, can result in an aggregate reduction of 1.3 GtCO2e in relation to business-as-usual per year by 2030. In Latin America, more than 200 cities have committed to the coalition in its first phase; they are acting and reporting their initiatives publicly and in a standardized way. It has been identified that access to financing and means of implementation are central challenges in order to achieve larger scale.

This session aims to discuss how to promote investments and financing of local actions. It will present and discuss the Call to Action document, elaborated from discussions during the Habitat + 1 meeting in the city of Quito, which proposes the alignment of investment plans for the implementation of NDCs integrated between levels of government and mechanisms to generate trust and accountability for investments. The document will be taken by local governments from the region to the One Planet Summit, hosted by French President Emanuel Macron.

Organized by
ICLEI South America and Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

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Transforming adaptive cities in Chinese Taipei
15:00 - 16:30

Cities in Chinese Taipei have been particular aware of the urban and regional environments because of the ever increasing extreme weather events. For any given year, there are an average of four typhoons and over 1000 felt earthquakes, coupled with torrential rain induced flooding, striking this island that has merely a tenth of the size but as much as a third of the population of Germany. In this event, cities and NGOs in Chinese Taipei will be showcasing how they stay transformative and adaptive by achieving 100% Renewable Energy, ecomobile lifestyle, green buildings and resilience in response to the Paris Agreement.

Organized by
ICLEI Kaohsiung Capacity Center

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Transformative Actions Program (TAP): Transformative climate resilience projects in cities
16:30 - 18:00

Identifying catalytic, innovative and more robust urban resilience projects is the central motivation behind the partnership between ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the Cities Alliance in support of the Transformative Action Program. The TAP is an initiative by networks of local and subnational governments to accelerate the implementation of local action to tackle climate change while advocating for enabling frameworks and appropriate support mechanisms. These projects are enhancing cities’ ability to reduce exposure and vulnerability to multiple shocks and stresses through actions for climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and pro-poor urban development. This event will increase visibility and advocacy for local inclusive and resilience-building actions to nations and implementation partners. Other partners of the TAP include UCLG, C40, AfD, R20, GEF, OECD, GIB, UN-Habitat, The Climate Group, WWF, WRI, FMDV, AIMF and the Carbonn Climate Registry.

Organized by
Transformative Actions Program – TAP Project Pipeline and ICLEI

Supported by: Cities Alliance

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15 NOV
15 NOV
LGMA briefing
08:30 - 09:30

The Agenda 21 adopted at the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 introduced an innovative concept by defining 9 Major Groups of the society as essential partners of the implementation of global agreements. In the UNFCCC context, they are gathered under the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency through their national, global or thematic associations that are admitted to the UNFCCC. ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability acts as the LGMA focal point since COP 1 in 1995. Held daily during COP 23, ICLEI will provide key updates and policy guidance that are pertinent to the LGMA Constituency with a view to helping them contribute further to the UNFCCC negotiations process. This will include sharing of views on written and oral interventions, preparation for open-ended informal consultations with the Presidencies, in particular regarding the 2018 facilitative dialogue whose preparatory process will be launched at COP 23.

Organized by
ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability in its capacity as the LGMA Constituency focal point to the UNFCCC

Breakfast Table Talk: Come together - Making climate change work across levels of governance
09:30 - 10:30

Cities are strong and they can achieve a lot but at the same time they need the regulatory and financial support of upper levels of governance. The talk looks into how this support can be successfully organized and how a good cooperation across governance levels can be established to reach common goals.

"Table Talks - German and International impulses for local climate action" is a series of seven breakfast events. In each session a German and a city or region representative from another country around the globe will discuss and compare approaches and solutions to major climate protection challenges, and assess the potential of translating solutions to different geographic, political and cultural contexts.

Organized by
ICLEI European Secretariat; German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)

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International Urban Cooperation: Fostering sustainable urban development on a global scale
10:30 - 12:00



Organized by
ICLEI Europe

Speeding up market-uptake of buildings renovation in Europe
12:00 - 13:30



Organized by
ICLEI Europe

Description

In Europe, buildings are responsible for 40 percent of energy consumption and 36 percent of CO2 emissions. Currently, about 35 percent of the EU's buildings are over 50 years old, and by improving the energy efficiency of its building stock the EU could reduce its total energy consumption by 5-6 percent and lower CO2 emissions by about 5 percent.

Local governments can influence the efficiency of new and existing buildings in their communities and can deploy a variety of measures, policies and incentives to speed up renovation, in the public and private sector.

While most renovation decisions are taken at building level by individual owners, optimal integration of RES often requires planning and implementation at a district scale. Financing renovation of the residential sectors remains a great challenge in Europe, where many building owners or occupants simply cannot afford renovation costs, and cannot apply for financing.

Other customers often see high operating costs and poor environment as an acceptable alternative to the time-consuming, disruptive and risky renovation process.

This event will discuss the challenges shared by local governments in Europe, and will bring together a great line-up of experts to share and explore innovative technical, financial, solutions and policies to boost the market uptake of renovation.

The Kaohsiung Strategies for the Future of Urban Mobility
13:30 - 15:00

Our cities are experiencing unprecedented changes in transportation that are driven by social, economic and technical trends. As city leaders, it is our responsibility to guide these changes to ensure that accessible, connected, affordable, safe, and environmentally friendly mobility options are being integrated into our existing and future communities. The Kaohsiung Strategies on the future of urban mobility shall inspire local governments to transforming their transportation systems and mobility patterns towards reduced automobile dependency and towards becoming more sustainable, low-carbon and people-centered.

Organized by
ICLEI Ecomobility Alliance

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External Info
EcoMobility Official Website

Adaptation under the Paris Agreement: The potential of regional governments
15:00 - 16:30

This side event will provide fruitful discussions and thought dialogue on the potential of regional governments towards efficient and coherent climate change adaptation. Authorities of regional governments worldwide will discuss successful experiences and challenges regarding their adaptation strategies and plans. The event will further highlight the potential of regional governments in delivering on the global goal of adaptation included in the Paris Agreement, as well as of international networks and initiatives, like the RegionsAdapt.

Organized by
Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD)

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Strategic Dialogue on Heat Synergy Regions
16:30 - 18:00

At COP23, government delegates will negotiate details regarding the implementation of the Paris Agreement of 2015. The expected outcome is a so-called "rulebook" to be approved by the next Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland, in late 2018. One of the most efficient, and cost-effective, solutions in reducing emissions and primary energy demand is the development of Heat Synergy Regions based on modern district heating and cooling (DHC) systems. By using national and local-scale thermal mapping and modelling, the feasibility of heating and cooling solutions in general, and Heat Synergy Regions in particular, can be more easily identified. In order to achieve this, local, sub-national and national governments each have a key role to play, supported by the scientific and industry communities.

Organized by
ICLEI Europe

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16 NOV
16 NOV
LGMA briefing
08:30 - 09:30

The Agenda 21 adopted at the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 introduced an innovative concept by defining 9 Major Groups of the society as essential partners of the implementation of global agreements. In the UNFCCC context, they are gathered under the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency through their national, global or thematic associations that are admitted to the UNFCCC. ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability acts as the LGMA focal point since COP 1 in 1995. Held daily during COP 23, ICLEI will provide key updates and policy guidance that are pertinent to the LGMA Constituency with a view to helping them contribute further to the UNFCCC negotiations process. This will include sharing of views on written and oral interventions, preparation for open-ended informal consultations with the Presidencies, in particular regarding the 2018 facilitative dialogue whose preparatory process will be launched at COP 23.

Organized by
ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability in its capacity as the LGMA Constituency focal point to the UNFCCC

ICLEI and the NDC Partnership – Collaborating on Effective Climate Governance
10:00 - 12:30

In context of the Paris Agreement, the event aims to explore approaches to enhance multi-level governance and stimulate discussion among leaders at various levels of government on how to do so. Challenges, good practices and lessons learned will be shared, and discussed also with the participants. One of the main inputs provided will be an information package on multi-level governance jointly developed by GIZ, UN-Habitat and ICLEI, to support this discussion. The session will also present the unique collaboration between ICLEI and the NDC Partnership, launching the “New Climate Governance Project”. This cooperation aims to advance multilevel governance through enabling opportunities for all levels of government to enhance institutional arrangements, processes as well as coordination instruments to effectively and jointly tackle climate change.

Organized by
ICLEI and the NDC Partnership

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Tools that enhance operational guidance and decision making for local resilience – The RESIN and SMR tools
13:30 - 15:00

Resilience is a local process, which cities need to drive. This requires skills and methodologies that are often not at hand in city administrations. In order to enhance cities’ capacity to resist, absorb and recover from the effects of climate change, two EU-funded projects, RESIN and Smart Mature Resilience are developing standardized tools to support the design of climate adaptation and resilience strategies. The workshop will present the tools developed by these two projects (including tools for assessing risks, selecting adaptation options and evaluating the resilience maturity of a city) and how these contribute to the overall resilience building process.

Organized by
ICLEI Europe, TECNUN University of Navarra and TECNALIA

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Assisi: International Laboratory to renew the City
15:00 - 16:30

“ASSISI, INTERNATIONAL LABORATORY TO RENEW THE CITY” has been developed this year and the focus of our event will be for specialists but also for the public. The aim to achieve is related to promote the event itself. Moreover, from this event we expect the creation of good sustainability practices that cities can replicate concerning the municipality plan to climate change and mitigation actions and fossil fuelling disinvestment.

Organized by
Municipality of Assisi

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Islands and low carbon pathways
16:30 - 18:00

In most small island developing states, energy needs are still dependent on imported fossil fuels even though domestic renewable energy sources can meet their energy needs. Experts will discuss how islands can envisage the future of their energy systems, and deploy solutions that will build economies with net zero greenhouse gas emissions. Technical constraints related to power systems management that may limit the grid decarbonization and the subsequent massive introduction of intermittent electricity production will be highlighted. Lessons from modeling exercises will illustrate the debate about their particular needs in terms of renewables integration, power access or secured electricity supply.

Organized by
ParisTech and MINES ParisTech

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17 NOV
17 NOV
LGMA briefing
08:30 - 09:30

The Agenda 21 adopted at the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 introduced an innovative concept by defining 9 Major Groups of the society as essential partners of the implementation of global agreements. In the UNFCCC context, they are gathered under the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency through their national, global or thematic associations that are admitted to the UNFCCC. ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability acts as the LGMA focal point since COP 1 in 1995. Held daily during COP 23, ICLEI will provide key updates and policy guidance that are pertinent to the LGMA Constituency with a view to helping them contribute further to the UNFCCC negotiations process. This will include sharing of views on written and oral interventions, preparation for open-ended informal consultations with the Presidencies, in particular regarding the 2018 facilitative dialogue whose preparatory process will be launched at COP 23.

Organized by
ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability in its capacity as the LGMA Constituency focal point to the UNFCCC

Stock-take of COP23 from the non Party stakeholders’ point of view
10:30 - 12:00

This session will be an opportunity to assess the two weeks of negotiation and events, from the perspective of non Party stakeholders. Taking account of the recommendations and priorities set out in the Agadir Declaration, we invite representatives of the major groups and thematic coalitions to debate the progress of COP 23 and the Global Climate Action (GCA) meetings and discuss future priorities (especially for the Facilitative Dialogue in 2018).

Organized by
Association Climate Chance

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Climate Change Driven Migration and Human Security with Special Focus on Youth
12:00 - 15:00



Organized by
Sustainable Development Policy Institute - SDPI

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