2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference

28th Conference of the Parties | Expo City Dubai, United Arab Emirates | 30 November- 12 December 2023

The Multilevel Action Pavilion at COP28

The home in the Blue Zone for local and regional governments throughout the two weeks of COP28, the LGMA Multilevel Action Pavilion will feature  70+ sessions pushing our advocacy agenda forward. The pavilion is made possible thanks to collaboration with the COP28 Presidency, the Marrakech Partnership, and LGMA Partners.

We are already starting initial plans for the LGMA Multilevel Action Pavilion at COP28! Are you interested in hosting an event at the pavilion?

Ecosystem of subnational advocacy towards COP28

LGMA’s Position Towards COP28

The LGMA released its joint position on topics relating to climate negotiations for COP28. The document is in two parts: 1) top line messages designed for local, regional and subnational governments in the LGMA constituency, empowering them to advocate collectively in the lead-up to and during COP28; and 2) key messages in “UN language,” suitable for direct inclusion in the COP28 decision documents

100 Days to COP28 Advocacy Agenda

The #MultiLevelActionDelivers Agenda for Dubai

We will seek national endorsements and co-chairs for the COP27 Presidency’s Sustainable Urban Resilience for the Next Generation (SURGe) Initiative, showing that local and regional governments are making progress across its five cross-cutting themes. We will do this by bringing synergy between the UN-Habitat Second Assembly and the UNFCCC SB58, as well as World Urban Forum 12 in Egypt in 2024.  We advocate for a second Urbanization Ministerial at COP28, with strengthened governance and Secretariat, and will work to bring synergy between the Global Climate Action Agenda, High-Level Champions, Breakthrough Agenda (Parties), and 2030 Breakthroughs (Non-Parties).

We can turn every City Hall and Regional Parliament into a mini-COP! By cementing the local and regional contribution to the Global Stocktake this and ever year, we will introduce political momentum to the Paris Agreement. The LGMA, in collaboration with Earth Day Network, YOUNGO, and other partners will focus on NDCs, local climate plans, and climate justice using the Talanoa Dialogues model.

We will enhance our stakeholder engagement even further this year, with a focus on Loss-and-Damage Transitional Committee in collaboration with Scotland, Art6.8 non-market mechanisms in the Paris Agreement, a strong Goal on Adaptation, ACE, and more UNFCCC negotiation items.

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 2022, one major outcome was the UNFCCC’s recognition that the Paris Agreement’s Global Stocktake can be a local-level process culminating at COP28 this year. During World Urban Forum in Kotawice, Poland, from 26 to 30 June 2022, 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 Road to COP28