2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference

27th Conference of the Parties | Sharm El Sheick, Egypt, | 6 November- 18 November 2022

Moving toward #MultilevelActionDelivers at COP27

Glasgow provided that the #Time4MultilevelAction has come.

As a key success for the LGMA, the preamble of the Paris Agreement now recognizes all levels of government are instrumental to securing a 1.5-degree future.

However, the Glasgow Climate Pact left many with mixed feelings. While it shows a promising commitment to multilevel collaboration in the next phase of the Paris Agreement, it failed to encapsulate the “emergency mode” that the climate crisis necessitates.

Our four-point advocacy agenda for COP27—enhanced NDCs through multilevel action, addressing unfinished business, welcoming the first Climate & Urbanization Ministerial, and empowering Africa and the MENA Region—invites recognition that our world is in a climate emergency mode, and multilevel action is ready to deliver in response.

Watch the video below to hear Yunus Arikan, Head of Advocacy at ICLEI, reflect on the outcomes of COP26 and preview what is on the cards to COP27.

[Download the presentation | Watch the afternoon recording]

The #MultiLevelActionDelivers Agenda for Sharm El Sheikh

We learned ahead of COP26 that multilevel action delivers ambition. By November 2021, more than 60 nations submitted stepped-up Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement predicated on the fact that, in whole or in part, subnational climate action made it possible to increase ambition. More than 1,000 local governments are proceeding toward climate neutrality through initiatives such as the Race-To-Zero, Race-To-Resilience, and Thematic Climate Action Pathways. For COP27, we will link-up the multilevel approach with more nations, help our local governments continue to implement climate-neutrality pledges, create a system-wide approach through legislative-executive-judicial stakeholders collaboration, and energize the UNFCCC Friends of Multilevel Action.

Despite COP26’s success, several key areas of work remain unfinalized. Food, nature, adaptation, culture, finance (particularly Article 6.8 of the Paris Agreement), circular economy, 1.5-dgree C lifestyles, blue economy, buildings, mobility, waste & consumption, and energy were not sufficiently addressed but remain as immensely supportive themes, particularly around implementation. Climate migration has been largely untouched in negotiations but is already being managed at the local level. And after another year of deadly extreme weather events, issues around loss and damage must be addressed. We will work to connect the LGMA to the Climate Vulnerable Forum.

For two years, the LGMA has advocated for ministerial-level moments focused on climate and urban places. We are encouraged that the first-ever Climate & Urbanization Ministerial was announced and we will fully support its success. As we expect a growing reference to urbanization, we will work to intitute4 this theme into all agendas of the UNFCCC and ensure the Climate & Urbanization Ministerial continues as an annual fixture at the COPs. In addition, the LGMA is offered a unique experience this year to collaborate with the COP27 Presidency and UN agencies on a Sustainable Cities Initiative. We are committed to making this among the strongest workstreams at COP.

Egypt has always existed at a unique crossroads connecting the African continent, Mediterranean, and Middle East regions. As every COP is a regional mobilization, we will use this COP to elevate the voices and roles of the nations and people operating in these regions.

Toward #MultiLevelActionDelivers: Latest Successes

For the LGMA, the annual COP serves as only one moment in a busy calendar. We demonstrate multilevel action delivers all year long. At the Bonn Climate Conference 6 to 16 June, one major outcome was the UNFCCC’s recognition that the Paris Agreement’s Global Stocktake can be a local-level process culminating at COP28 next year. During World Urban Forum in Kotawice, Poland, from 26 to 30 June, the LGMA presented Sharon Dijksma, Mayor of Utrecht, the Netherlands, as the Special Envoy for COP27 Ministerials and Mohamed Sefiani, Mayor of Chefchaouen, Morocco, as the Special Envoy for Africa for COP27.

Toward #MultiLevelActionDelivers: Latest Successes

For the LGMA, the annual COP serves as only one moment in a busy calendar. We demonstrate multilevel action delivers all year long. At the Bonn Climate Conference 6 to 16 June, one major outcome was the UNFCCC’s recognition that the Paris Agreement’s Global Stocktake can be a local-level process culminating at COP28 next year. During World Urban Forum in Kotawice, Poland, from 26 to 30 June, the LGMA presented Sharon Dijksma, Mayor of Utrecht, the Netherlands, as the Special Envoy for COP27 Ministerials and Mohamed Sefiani, Mayor of Chefchaouen, Morocco, as the Special Envoy for Africa for COP27.

The Multilevel Action Pavilion at COP27

With support from the Government of Egypt and continued support from the Government of Scotland, the Multilevel Action Pavilion will provide a home in the Blue Zone for local and regional governments throughout the two weeks of COP27. We are preparing space for more than 70 sessions and seeking partners interested in hosting sessions with the LMGA. Ready to host a session or cosponsor the pavilion? Contact us at LGMA [at] iclei [dot] org.