As world leaders gather for the Climate Summit 2014 in New York, the culmination of undertakings in climate action will be showcased. Amongst the summit’s eight key action areas are cities — a clear indication of the crucial role they have in combating climate change. As political will is mobilized, recognition for the endeavors of local government action in addressing climate change will be given the stage.
Cities and sub-national action is now presented as one of the most important deliveries among the many action areas, particularly the Compact of Mayors, which is a collaborative effort by global cities networks ICLEI, C40 and UCLG as Core Partners, together with endorsers. This is one of several climate actions from ICLEI that will be endorsed in statements at the Summit. The carbonn Climate Registry, the global reporting platform for local and sub-national climate action will subsequently gain support with the mobilization of new financial resources gained at the Summit.
The renewed climate regime, founded at the Summit, is an ambitious global agreement that will look upon government stakeholders for the advancement of the decided strategy, which will include these stakeholders.
For nearly twenty-four years, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability has been advocating for the mobilization of local and sub-national governments as fundamental instruments to the progress in tackling our most pressing issue. This Summit marks an important point in recognizing the engagement that these governments continue to have, and will galvanize their place in the global climate action.
A number of events are taking place in New York and globally to mobilize citizens and actors, including People’s Climate March, where ICLEI will be encouraging Mayors and local governments to join under the Local Government Climate Roadmap banner - “People’s Climate, Mayors Commit”.
The official outcome of the Summit will be released on the 23rd of September through a number of events and announcements.
The next phase of global climate action will be determined based on the coalescent relationship between the UNFCCC negotiations, the outcomes of the Climate Summit in New York.
For more information and up-to-date news, visit ICLEI’s Summit blog: talkofthecities.iclei.org