As prepared and delivered on behalf of the LGMA Constituency to UNFCCC during the meeting with COP28 President on 5 December 2025, by Ladislas Ngendahimana, the Secretary General of the Rwanda Association of Local Government Authorities
Tuesday 5 December 2023 | 13:30
Dear Mr President,
I am Ladislas Ngendahimana, the Secretary General of the Rwanda Association of Local Government Authorities and I am speaking on behalf of the Local Government and Municipal Authorities Constituency to the UNFCCC.
The LGMA commends your leadership as COP28 Presidency and the significant opportunities and innovations you have introduced for meaningful stakeholders engagement throughout..
Towns, Cities and Regions of the World applaud the adoption of the Loss and Damage Fund as the first delivery of COP28.
LGMA particularly commends the COP28 presidency for the CHAMP initiative on multilevel action towards 2025 which so far has registered 64 endorsers Parties.
It is our hope that, the voice of the LGMA shall be reflected in the COP28 outcomes of the global stocktake , particularly on the multilevel collaboration and access to climate finance.
In order to keep the ambitions of the Paris Agreement alive, we know we must ensure a just and fair transition. For this, developed countries and multilateral institutions should consider financing of green plans in developing countries as a priority. Moreover, phasing out fossil fuels remains one of the main routes to meet the 1.5 degree limit, supported with rapid phase-in of renewables, nature, and finance.
We underline to you and all Parties that, All these COP28 outcomes deliver results only if multilevel action works.
I thank you.