LGMA COP28 high level segment statement

Gino Van Begin, Secretary General, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

9 December 2023 | 15:00 | Video recording.

Your Excellencies, 

Distinguished Delegates,  

Ladies and Gentlemen, 

As the Secretary General of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, I speak on behalf of the  Constituency of Local Governments and Municipal Authorities, the LGMA Constituency to the  UNFCCC. The current climate crisis calls for bold and immediate action. We must unite in  recognising the urgency to accelerate actions toward a sustainable future. The challenges we  face require unwavering dedication, collaborative efforts, and innovative solutions.  

The first week of COP28 has marked an unprecedented recognition of the need for multi-level  climate action.  

∙ The Local Climate Action Summit, back-to-back to the WCAS, brought more than 500  local leaders to a multi-level dialogue with the COP28 Parties; 

∙ the COP28 Presidency ‘s Coalition for High Ambition Multilevel Partnerships (CHAMP)  for climate action was successfully launched with 66 Parties endorsing the initiative; ∙ and the second Ministerial Meeting on Urbanization and Climate Change, underscored  the importance and interest of national governments to collaborate with their other  spheres of government. 

We welcome the operating modalities of the new Loss and Damage Fund to allow for direct  access for the subnational level. The LGMA fully supports the COP28 Presidency CHAMP  Initiative, welcomes the 66 nations as endorsers, and invites other Parties to join. 

We call on all Parties, to clearly and explicitly state in the GST Outcome texts the need to  advance multilevel action in the new NDCs towards 2025 and thus support the Presidency’s  ambition for multi-level climate action. 

Our pledge is to fortify multi-level partnerships among all levels of government, foster  knowledge exchange and capacity building, and leverage cutting-edge technologies.  

Together, we will chart a course towards carbon neutrality, ensuring that no one is left behind  in this journey. 

Thank You.