Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders program

The Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders is the jumping off point for key initiatives and partnerships that support implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Overview of the main sessions at the Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders:

A detailed program is forthcoming.

Opening session

A pivotal moment for local and regional climate leadership

Local and regional governments have stepped up to help the world reach the 1.5-degree global target. In the opening remarks of the Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders, leading figures highlight how local and regional governments have contributed to climate action and what they aim to achieve by and beyond 2020 when nations update their Nationally Determined Contributions. This COP can and should be a turning point at which nations, regions, cities and climate stakeholders join forces to meet and push beyond current national commitments.


Session 1

New global frameworks, new models for action: Integrating climate and sustainability across all sectors

There are three new international frameworks – the Paris Climate Agreement, the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals – designed to shape global development in an increasingly urban world. At the local and regional levels, interconnections between climate and sustainability are a part of day-to-day operations. As nations prepare to implement the goals set out in these global frameworks, there are plenty of lessons to be drawn from practices at the subnational level. By linking urban development programs and frameworks with national efforts on climate and sustainability, nations can help ensure local and regional action is even more impactful.


Session 2a

Collaborative climate action: Forging ahead through community and private sector engagement

Local and regional governments are engaging in new ways to stimulate innovation in partnership with their communities. Their approach demonstrates that the most effective partnerships are diverse, inclusive and span across sectors and all levels of society and government.


Session 2b

Collaborative climate action: Integrated planning and sustainable investment in cities and regions

As public authorities, local and regional governments are increasingly implementing integrated planning and sustainable investments to address climate challenges, in collaboration with the private sector and the financing community, capitalizing on their skills and assets.


Session 3

Joining forces for action in climate vulnerable regions

North-south, south-south and east-west models for collaboration are being leveraged to meet the critical needs of local and regional governments in Africa, Least Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States. As these partnerships take shape, it is critical that nations, financial institutions and other key climate players also rally behind vulnerable areas as they manage the impacts of an already changing environment.


Session 4

Raising the bar through coordinated action across all levels of government

As nations review their Nationally Determined Contributions, they are looking at what has been accomplished so far and what remains to be done to achieve global climate targets. Right now, it is crucial that all levels of government co-create a truly inclusive, coordinated climate action process, which secures a central role for local and regional action in national goals and policies. By accounting for the commitments and actions of local and regional governments and working alongside them, nations will be better positioned to not only meet their goals but also raise the bar on what they aim to accomplish.


Closing session

We are all uniting for climate

Local and regional governments are proven leaders whose dedication will help fast track global advancements in climate action and sustainable development. They are committed to building strong partnerships – with their communities, with the private sector and with nations and the international community. Now, as national governments define the most effective means for implementing the Paris Climate Agreement, one thing is clear: We can go further and faster together.

  • Christiana Figueres, Vice Chair, Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) Global, Ambassador for Under2 Coalition, Convener, Mission 2020
  • Ashok Sridharan, Lord Mayor, Bonn, Germany, ICLEI First Vice President
  • Armin Laschet,  Minister-President, State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • H.E. Gerd Müller, Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany
  • Hakima el Haité, Special Envoy for Climate, Kingdom of Morocco, High Level Champion, Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action
  • Edmund G. Brown, Governor, State of California, USA, Co-Founder of Under2 Coalition, COP23 Special Advisor for States and Regions
  • H.E. Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji and COP23 President
  • H.E. Amina J. Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary General
  • Michael Bloomberg, UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change
  • Al Gore, former US Vice President
  • Dieter Salomon, Lord Mayor, Freiburg, Germany, Executive Board Member, Deutscher Städtetag
  • Mpho Parks Tau, Councilor, Johannesburg, S. Africa President, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), President, South African Local Government Association (SALGA)
  • Calisto Cossa, President, Municipal Council, Matola, Mozambique
  • Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Scotland, UK
  • Daniël Termont, Mayor of Ghent, Belgium, President of EUROCITIES, Member of the European Board of the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy
  • Stephen Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina, USA, Vice President, US Conference of Mayors
  • NN, National Development Reform Commission (NDRC), People’s Republic of China
  • Bertrand Piccard, Solar Impulse
  • Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Head, Climate and Energy, WWF Former Minister of Environment, Peru and COP20 President
  • Enrique Peñalosa, Mayor of Bogota, Colombia, on behalf of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
  • Clara Doe-Mvogo, Mayor of Monrovia, Liberia
  • Stefano Bonaccini, President of Emilia Romagna Region, Italy, President of Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)
  • David Heurtel, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, Quebec, Canada, Co-Chair of The Climate Group States and Regions Alliance
  • Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT)
  • H.E. Inia Seruiratu, Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Fiji, COP23 High Level Champion, Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action
  • Parveen Kumar, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment, Fiji
  • Luis Revilla, Mayor of La Paz, Bolivia
  • Leon Thomas, Mayor of Portmore, Jamaica
  • Robert Didier, Senator President La Réunion, France, Vice-Chair for Africa, the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4sd)
  • Winfried Kretschmann, Minister-President of State of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, Co-founding member of Under2 Coalition
  • Maty Mint Hamady, President of the District of Nouakchott, Mauritania, Vice-President of Global Fund for Cities Development (FMDV)
  • Mercè Conesa i Pagès, President of the Province of Barcelona, Spain, Member of the European Board of the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy
  • H.E. Maros Sefcovic, Vice President, European Commission, Co-Chair, Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) and GCoM Board
  • Park Won Soon, Mayor, Seoul, Republic of Korea, President, ICLEI, Member of the Board of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy
  • Solly Msimanga, Executive Mayor of City of Tshwane, South Africa
  • Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the European Committee of the Regions
  • Jay Inslee, Governor of State of Washington, USA
  • H.E. Barnabé Z. Dassigli, Minister, Urban Development, Chair of the African Union Subcommittee on Decentralization and Local Governance, Benin
  • Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC
  • H.E. Barbara Hendricks, Federal Minister, Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), Germany
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, R20 Founding Chair
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