About the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities Constituency
About the LGMA
Since the Earth Summit in 1992, when nine stakeholder groups—including local authorities—were designated as essential partners in implementing the global sustainability agenda, the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency has represented networks of local and regional governments under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). We have served as the voice of cities and regions since the first Conference of Parties (COP) in 1995 and continue to achieve advocacy success for multilevel action in the climate, nature, and desertification processes.
How We Work
Influencing UNFCCC Negotiations
Since the first climate COP in 1995, the LGMA has been the official channel of cities and regions to the UNFCCC, growing to more than 45 accredited networks of local and regional governments. We coordinate inputs to the global climate negotiations all year, influencing and informing outcomes toward meeting the Paris Agreement via regular communications and monthly webinars with our thematic and regional working groups. On the ground at each COP, the Multilevel Action Pavilion serves as the home for the LGMA inside the Blue Zone (the official negotiations space) and is developed in close collaboration with the COP host city, region, and country.
Setting the Action Agenda
We push for multi-stakeholder and sectoral representation across a busy advocacy calendar. Since 2015, we have worked closely through the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action, a networking space for subnational collaboration, and with the High-Level Climate Action Champions nominated annually by the COP host country. We help organizations commit and engage through mechanisms such as the Online Climate Action Portal, the Thematic Climate Action Pathways, the Sectoral Breakthroughs, and other initiatives for ambitious action.
Collaborating with COP Presidencies
The annual Conference of the Parties (COP) is the highest decision-making forum for UNFCCC implementation. Each year, UN Regional Groups appoint a national government as the COP Presidency, nominate the High-Level Climate Action Champion, and set themes for action and negotiation based on their national and regional priorities. The LGMA seeks to engage with and support the COP Presidencies in order to inform and drive progress on special networks and initiatives the Presidencies may designate independent from the UNFCCC.
Advancing the UNFCCC Friends of Multilevel Action
We shape the decisions made in official negotiations by national governments. We do this through informal dialogue with negotiators—representatives of climate or environment ministries of Parties that have ratified the UNFCCC, the Kyoto Protocol, or the Paris Agreement—to ensure the voice of cities and regions is represented in final outcomes. For example, we initiated the “Friends of Cities” in 2013 and elevated the initiative to the “UNFCCC Friends of Multilevel Action” in 2019.
LGMA Partners and Members
The LGMA works on on behalf of the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments, a joint global policy advocacy initiative of the major international networks of local governments, in the area of climate.
UNFCCC Accredited Organizations include:
- Assembly of European Regions (AER)
- Association Internationale des Maires Francophones (AIMF)
- Association of Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union (OCTA)
- Climate Alliance (Klima-Bündnis)
- C40 – Cities Climate Leadership Group
- Council of European Municipalities and Regions
- European Federation of Regional Energy and Environment Agencies/Fédération Européenne des Agences Régionales de L’Energie et de L’Environnement (FEDARENE)
- Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)
- Italian Local Agenda 21 Association (CA21L)
- ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI)
- National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA)
- Network of European Metropolitan Regions and Areas (METREX)
- Northern Forum (NF)
- R20 – Regions of Climate Action
- United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)
- United States Conference of Mayors (USCM)
Other participating networks include:
- African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum
- Association of German Cities – Deutscher Städtetag
- CDP Cities
- Council of Capital City Lord Mayors
- European Committee of the Regions (CoR)
- European Green Capital Cities Network
- Frente Nacional de Prefeitos (FNP)
- Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy
- KS Norway – Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities
- SLoCaT Partnership
- South African Local Government Association (SALGA)
- Under2 Coalition
Cities and regions have become important global players in the climate negotiations process.