Sustainable Urban Resilience for the Next Generation (SURGe) Initiative
At COP27 in Sharm el Sheikh, the COP Presidency has launched the SURGe Initiative to enhance and accelerate local and urban climate action through multi-level governance, engagement, and delivery through five integrated tracks, contributing to achieving the Paris Climate Goals and Sustainable Development Goals.
Under the banner of #Stocktake4ClimateEmergency, hundreds of cities, towns and regions are invited to host events throughout 2023 that provide an official contribution to the Paris Agreement’s Global Stocktake — essentially turning their city halls and regional parliaments into mini-COP venues.
In a year-round dialogue from 2017’s COP24 through 2018’s COP25 in Katowice, nations assessed the progress of their national climate plans. This one-time UNFCCC initiative, branded as the Talanoa Dialogues, included input from multiple stakeholders including local governments, thanks to the support of the LGMA.