At the resumption of the APA on 7 November 2017, ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability in its capacity as the focal point of the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) constituency delivered an intervention focusing on Facilitative Dialogue/Global Stocktake and the transparency framework for action and support. Jisun Hwang, Senior Climate Advocacy at ICLEI World Secretariat delivered the intervention.
The full statement is posted in the UNFCCC website. Below are the excerpts on the main points of the intervention.
Local and regional governments are strengthening their resolve to curb climate change and contribute to raising the ambition of NDCs.
In this context, the LGMA constituency calls on Parties to demonstrate leadership by strengthening the urban, regional and territorial dimensions of their NDCs through good practises of vertical and horizontal integration and to set up an inclusive consultations process domestically with their local and regional governments in the lead up to the 2018 Facilitative Dialogue as well as for the Global Stocktake in 2023.
On the transparency of action and support, local and regional governments have much to contribute to enhancing the transparency of action by cities and other subnational authorities.
As of today, over 1,000 local and regional governments from 86 countries, representing over 800 million people, have reported their emissions reduction targets through ICLEI’s carbonn Climate Registry which is one of the main data providers to the NAZCA platform. The achievement of these goals would result in a reduction of 5.6 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2020, compared to the levels going as far back as 1990.
The aggregated impact of cities and local governments committed to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy could collectively reduce 1.3 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year from business-as-usual in 2030.
Through integrated policy frameworks and multilevel governance mechanisms, the LGMA constituency reiterates its readiness to fully support the work of the APA with a view to maintaining the momentum on climate change worldwide.