Summit themes

The Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders will focus on four key themes designed to enhance multistakeholder action on climate and other areas of sustainability.

The Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders will revolve around four key themes:


(1) Connecting global processes on climate and sustainability

Cities are at the center of converging global frameworks and processes, such as Sustainable Development, the New Urban Agenda and the Paris Climate Agreement. Greater synergy among these frameworks and processes is the key to ensure that the drivers and first effects of climate change on urban and rural systems alike are approached holistically.

Our key message: We can connect our actions on climate, sustainable urban development, renewable energy, biodiversity, procurement, health, resilience, disaster risk reduction and more.


(2) Multilevel governance to achieve Nationally Determined Contributions 

Nations have made groundbreaking commitments through their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). However, there is still a sizable gap between what was pledged and what is needed to keep global warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Local and subnational governments all over the globe are in a unique position to help national governments shape and implement new, more ambitious plans through the 2018 NDC review process.

Our key message: Multilevel cooperation – or vertical integration – will boost climate action. Enhanced engagement of local and regional governments in the advancement of commitments and actions is key for reaching national goals. 


(3) Community engagement and empowerment

The engagement and empowerment of citizens and communities plays a major role in making local action for climate and sustainability happen. At the same time, local businesses have the potential to contribute substantially in achieving commitments.

Our key message: Through participatory planning, stakeholders engagement and awareness-raising, local and regional governments all over the world are pioneering the involvement of the community, including individual residents and businesses.


(4) Partnerships for action in Africa, Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States

Africa, Least Developed Countries and Small Islands Developing States have much to lose much if the world does not keep global warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Through platforms such as the Climate Vulnerable Forum, they have already committed to go carbon neutral by 2050. Unfortunately these tend also to be the countries with the least resources to address the risks of climate change. It becomes imperative that old and new partnerships for local action pay particularly close attention to these regions of the globe.

Our key message: We need fast and strengthened global climate action to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees. Similarly, we require increased support for local and regional actors in these countries to protect the most vulnerable through sustainable and resilient urban development.

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