Local and Regional Governments at COP23

At the 23rd United Nations Climate Change Conference in November 2017, local and regional governments will once again prove they are at the forefront of climate action. They will show their contribution to accelerating national and global efforts.

The Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders will be the jumping off point for key partnerships that support implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement. It will be the feature among a series of COP23 events that lay the groundwork for coordinated local action on climate and sustainability.

Our concept

Local and subnational governments are vital partners in shaping and implementing the architecture for global climate action. They are dedicated leaders in the coordinated efforts of committed non-Party actors, supporting innovative thinking and ambitious goals in order to meet the 1.5-degree Paris Climate Agreement target.

Local and regional governments committed to climate action are forging strategic partnerships to implement an architecture that will foster innovation and science-driven policymaking at the local and subnational level.

They have been strong actors in past COPs, the United Nations Climate Change Conferences. In 2017, they will continue their engagement and prepare a model for their involvement in future COPs: A strong presence over the entire two COP weeks at a Cities & Regions Pavilion, a Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders as a culmination point for proposals, commitments and messages, surrounded by a series of Summit Days full of events, meetings, gathering and receptions in the days before and after the Climate Summit.

 

Partners

The City of Bonn and the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia are co-hosts of local and regional engagement at COP23 in Bonn. The organizing partner is ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability with its World Secretariat in Bonn, acting on behalf of the Global Task Force of Local and Regional Governments. The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) acts as a special partner and lends its support. The growing list includes:

 

 

Additional partners endorse the activities, co-organize events and co-finance the presence of cities and regions at this COP.

Our efforts are inclusive, so please contact us at cop23.bonn@remove-this.iclei.org to explore partnership opportunities.

 

The Leaders' Summit

The Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders on Sunday, 12 November 2017 will be the jumping off point for key partnerships that support implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement.

The Summit is designed to unlock key partnerships, strengthen collaboration between local and regional governments and facilitate direct interaction with national delegates.

Local and regional governments committed to climate action are forging strategic partnerships to implement an architecture that will foster innovation and science-driven policymaking at the local and subnational level.

As part of their commitment to local climate action, local and regional governments are forging strategic partnerships with nations and non-Party climate stakeholders. This is an essential part of building an implementation architecture that will foster innovation and science-driven policymaking at the local and subnational level.

The Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders will be the feature among a series of COP23 events that lay the groundwork for coordinated local action on climate and sustainability. It is the culmination point for all local and regional government proposals, commitments and messages at COP23, and is designed to unlock key partnerships, strengthen collaboration between local and regional governments and facilitate direct interaction with national delegates. It will also act as a launch pad for a number of initiatives and partnerships, pushing for swift, effective and integrated climate action at all levels.

 

The Summit Days

The Summit Days include six consecutive days of heightened activity by local and regional governments before, during and after the Leaders’ Summit. The Summit Days will shape messages delivered to nations and other climate stakeholders.

The meetings, events, gathering, reception, side events and engagements with negotiators building up to the Leaders' Summit and beyond will lay the foundations for new initiatives, platforms and declarations to come out of the Bonn.

 

Cities & Regions Pavilion

The Cities & Regions Pavilion is the home base for local and regional governments, offering a space for constant exchanges, meetings and partnership-building throughout the two weeks.

 

Events for local and regional governments in the COP days

Several institutions and organizations are planning major events during COP23 for and with local and regional governments. More information will be posted as soon as its available.

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