Why local and regional governments are key players
Long Track Record of Local Innovation and International Collaboration Put Local and Regional Authorities in Unique Position to Tackle Causes and Consequences of Climate Change
UCLG has been constantly involved in climate change negotiations and the organization has raised awareness on the impact of climate change on cities and their inhabitants, and promoted the implementation of a sustainability agenda to prevent its impact around the world.
2018 - Local elected leaders will meet at COP 24 in Katowice, Poland Local elected leaders will meet at COP 24 in Katowice, Poland to continuing climate negotiations in the spirit of the Paris Agreement. Scientists, policy makers, urban practitioners and local and regional government networks gathered at the IPCC Cities and Climate Change Science Conference in Edmonton, Canada, from 5-7 March to inspire the next frontier of research focused on the science of cities and climate change. + INFO
2017- UCLG, as the largest network of local and regional governments, continues to support the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy launched in January 2017. This coalition, resulting from the merger of Compact of Mayors and European Covenant of Mayors, is the largest initiative for the reduction of local greenhouse gas emissions, which aims to enhance resilience to climate change and track its progress. Following recommendation by the Policy Council on Resilience, UCLG members gathered in Hangzhou at the World Council, welcomed the initiative presented by Ronan Dantec to celebrate the One Planet Summit on the occasion of the second anniversary of the Paris Agreement, and to highlight the need to enhance commitments from all actors, as well to pay particular attention to the financing of initiatives to fight Climate Change.
2016 - With the entry into force of the Paris Climate Agreement, UCLG actively contributed to the Climate Summit for Local and Regional Leaders, held in the presence of the major regional and international networks of cities and local and regional authorities in the framework of COP 22 in Morocco. Its outcome document, the Marrakech Roadmap for Action, calls for a global action framework towards localizing climate finance. +INFO
2015 - Thousands of mayors and local leaders came together in Paris to strengthen the voices of local and regional governments at the COP 21. Local and regional leaders emphasized the need to link climate action to the 2030 and Habitat III Agendas, and reaffirmed the importance of citizen participation and inclusive social policies to ensure the effective implementation of the sustainability agenda in its broadest sense. Through the Paris Agreement, the UNFCCC Parties have recognized that “adaptation is a global challenge faced by all with local, subnational, national, regional and international dimensions". +INFO
2014 - Launched at the UN Climate Summit, the Compact of Mayors is the largest cities initiative for combating climate change. It commits signatories to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, open targets and plans to the public and provide annual progress reports.- +INFO
2013 - To scale up action towards climate change, the World Mayors Summit on Climate Change in Nantes adopted the Nantes Declaration of Mayors and Subnational Leaders on Climate Change—reaffirming engagement from local and regional governments towards global climate issues and access to local finance. +INFO
2010 - To better track climate actions, local governments launched the carbon Cities Climate Registry (cCCR). This global reporting platform lets cities and local governments display their capacity and potential for reducing climate change risks. +INFO
2010 - By signing the Global Cities Covenant on Climate or “Mexico City Pact,” local leaders showed their commitment to comprehensive strategies that can mitigate emissions and help cities adapt to climate change. +INFO
2009 - To strengthen the UCLG Climate Negotiation Group, the UCLG World Council in Guangzhou successfully brought together a select team of cities and regions.
2007 - To design and implement a strong global climate group for our post-Kyoto world, local and regional governments adopted the Local Government Climate Roadmap. +INFO