COP28 Coalition for High Ambition Multilevel Partnerships (CHAMP) for Climate Action

  What is CHAMP?

The Coalition for High Ambition Multilevel Partnerships (CHAMP) for Climate Action was created to enhance cooperation between national and subnational governments in the planning, financing, implementation, and monitoring of climate strategies.

CHAMP was put forth by the COP28 Presidency in Dubai, and was ultimately signed by 72 endorsers.

The CHAMP pledge was led by the COP28 Presidency, with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies and a coalition of partners including C40, the Global Covenant of Mayors, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the NDC Partnership, the University of Maryland, United Cities and Local Governments, Under2 Coalition, WRI – Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, and UN-Habitat.

What did CHAMP endorsers pledge to do?

As part of the pledge, endorsers committed to take up six actions – in ways determined by their own governments – including: 1) Consult with their respective subnational governments; 2) Work collaboratively with their respective subnational governments to review, design, enhancement, consolidation and implementation of their national commitments and strategies; 3) Create inclusive institutional and informal processes to enable subnational governments to contribute to further enhancing NDCs; 4) Include relevant subnational government projects in climate-related investment priorities; 5) Undertake regular, and inclusive country-led reviews of progress at national and subnational level around the implementation of CHAMP commitments; and 6) Meet with representative subnational leaders and other CHAMP endorsers in the lead up to both COP29 and COP30.

Endorsers are encouraged to cooperate with local and regional governments on their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and Long Term Low-Emission Development Strategies (LT-LEDS), to maximize climate action.

These commitments come with great urgency. The critically-important next round of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) drafts are due for submission to the UNFCCC in February 2025 and then final submissions are due by the end of 2025.

  The LGMA supports the implementation of CHAMP

When CHAMP was announced, the LGMA came out in strong support of the effort and recognized the forward-looking countries who have already pledged to join the Coalition. CHAMP supports decades of climate advocacy by the LGMA Constituency for multilevel climate action, as well as championing the bridging of urban and climate communities, and particularly complements progress at COP26 and COP27. Thus, the LGMA fully supports the basis for CHAMP’s approach – that by engaging local and other subnational governments, national governments can achieve more ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) by 2025.

As part of the ongoing support for the initiative, the LGMA has convened a working group on CHAMP that will help to advance the efforts of endorsers to implement their commitments.

Key resources on the implementation of CHAMP

Partner organizations from the LGMA are offering support to the endorsers of CHAMP and local and other subnational governments with tailored resources.

Delivering CHAMP-Aligned NDC 3.0: Guidance for Endorsers

A high-level guidance brief for delivering enhanced NDCs incorporating strong subnational content and robust
consultation with subnational governments – in line with the principles of the CHAMP Pledge.

5th Monthly LGMA COP29 Webinar – 22 May (10:00 CEST session)

The CHAMP opportunity: A toolkit for cities, towns, states and regions to take action on climate change

A toolkit for cities, towns, states and regions to take action on climate change.

Connecting the dots: Multilevel action from Daring Cities to COP29 and COP30

How is CHAMP relevant to the climate emergency and how is its implementation critical as we move toward COP29 and even COP30?

Multilevel action and urbanization: Safeguarding the delivery of multilateral environmental agreements

This ICLEI’s UNEA-6 side event discussed the implementation of CHAMP and the key role of subnational governments for all national and global goals.

Local action for global goals: An opportunity for enhancing NDCs

An analysis into the CHAMP-endorsing countries revealed that 2/3 of countries display low or moderate urban content in their NDCs. This leaves room to integrate more urban priorities in the next NDC revision cycle in 2025 at COP30 in Belém in Brazil.

CHAMP: Catalyzing global climate goals through national and subnational cooperation

This blog explains how CHAMP aims to bridge the gap between local and national climate efforts to meet the Paris Agreement targets, highlighting the involvement of various climate organizations.

Operationalizing the Ministerial Meeting: Catalyzing urban transformation on the road to COP30

Hosted by ICLEI and UN-Habitat, this session discusses the 2nd Ministerial’s outcomes, where national Ministers, local leaders and other experts, committed to endorsed CHAMP.

From commitment to delivery: Financing multilevel action

Ahead of the second Ministerial Meeting on Urbanization and Climate Change, on 5 December, ICLEI and the GCoM organized this session delving into how global climate finance could translate into local climate action, andhow CAMP fits into the picture.