Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders program
The Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders is the jumping off point for key initiatives and partnerships that support implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement.
Overview of the main sessions at the Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders:
A detailed program is forthcoming.
Local and regional governments have stepped up to help the world reach the 1.5-degree global target. In the opening remarks of the Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders, leading figures highlight how local and regional governments have contributed to climate action and what they aim to achieve by and beyond 2020 when nations update their Nationally Determined Contributions. This COP can and should be a turning point at which nations, regions, cities and climate stakeholders join forces to meet and push beyond current national commitments.
There are three new international frameworks – the Paris Climate Agreement, the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals – designed to shape global development in an increasingly urban world. At the local and regional levels, interconnections between climate and sustainability are a part of day-to-day operations. As nations prepare to implement the goals set out in these global frameworks, there are plenty of lessons to be drawn from practices at the subnational level. By linking urban development programs and frameworks with national efforts on climate and sustainability, nations can help ensure local and regional action is even more impactful.
Local and regional governments are engaging the private sector in new ways to stimulate innovation and capitalize on their skills and assets. They are also ensuring this collaboration advances the vision that local and regional governments hold in partnership with their communities. Their approach demonstrates that the most effective partnerships are diverse, inclusive and span across sectors and all levels of society and government.
North-south, south-south and east-west models for collaboration are being leveraged to meet the critical needs of local and regional governments in Africa, Least Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States. As these partnerships take shape, it is critical that nations, financial institutions and other key climate players also rally behind vulnerable areas as they manage the impacts of an already changing environment.
As nations review their Nationally Determined Contributions, they are looking at what has been accomplished so far and what remains to be done to achieve global climate targets. Right now, it is crucial that all levels of government co-create a truly inclusive, coordinated climate action process, which secures a central role for local and regional action in national goals and policies. By accounting for the commitments and actions of local and regional governments and working alongside them, nations will be better positioned to not only meet their goals but also raise the bar on what they aim to accomplish.
Local and regional governments are proven leaders whose dedication will help fast track global advancements in climate action and sustainable development. They are committed to building strong partnerships – with their communities, with the private sector and with nations and the international community. Now, as national governments define the most effective means for implementing the Paris Climate Agreement, one thing is clear: We can go further and faster together.