“Raising Global Level of Ambition Through Local Climate Action”
  • “In this 25 years of global climate regime, there is one overpowering message: no President, Minister, Mayor, CEO or citizen can meet the challenge of climate change alone. If we are to bring down global temperatures, we must step up, scale up, speed up local climate action globally. Together, let’s innovate, integrate, collaborate!”
    Park Won-Soon, Mayor, Seoul Metropolitan Government, Republic of Korea; Chair, World Mayors Council on Climate Change, at the Climate Summit 2014

  • The "Mexico City Pact" sends a key signal to the negotiations that it can indeed be done, and that millions, if not billions, of people around the world are ready to begin implementing climate change action. Many other cities and local and regional administrations can be inspired to take action and to report to carbonn Cities Climate Registry.“  
    Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, UN Climate Change Secretariat

  • “Local government is where the rubber hits the road when it comes to responding to the human impacts of climate change. We fully support funding for cities, towns and municipalities for their registered adaptation actions.”
    Margareta Wahlström, The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction, welcoming the Durban Adaptation Charter

  • “The designated central repository of the Compact of Mayors, the carbonn Climate Registry, will enable the compilation of data through existing national, regional, global city reporting platforms. The carbonn Climate Registry represents the ultimate level of our collective efforts.”
    Jürgen Nimptsch, Mayor of Bonn, at the Climate Summit 2014


About the Local Government Climate Roadmap

Recognize. Engage. Empower.

The Local Government Climate Roadmap, a broad coalition of local government networks in response to the Bali Action Plan, aims to ensure that a strong and ambitious global climate regime is designed and implemented in the post-2015 period. Under this regime, local and subnational governments are fully recognized, engaged and empowered.

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News Archive

Local Government Climate Roadmap sets to sail to Paris for COP21/CMP11

Preliminary agenda of Local Government Climate Roadmap Paris Dialogues is released. 

Pope Francis and Mayors in solidarity on modern slavery and climate change

Photo: Pontifical Academy of Sciences

Declaration signed on 21 July 2015, ICLEI pre-event and post-event newsbit, C40 Blog, UCLG Blog

Anne Hidalgo and Michael Bloomberg to co-chair "Climate Summit for Local Leaders" in Paris in December

Anne Hidalgo and Michael Bloomberg present the "Climate Summit for Local Leaders" in Paris. Photo © City of Paris.

Next December, Paris will host the 21st United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21), during which tens of thousands of participants from all continents will join forces to plan shared action against climate change.

Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo and Michael Bloomberg, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, yesterday announced that they will co-chair the Climate Summit for Local Leaders, which will take place during the COP21 on 4 December 2015. 1,000 mayors are expected to attend this summit.

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Cities, regions and civil society unite the World Summit Climate & Territories to urge for ambitious action at COP21

Towards an Inclusive and Ambitious Climate Regime Beyond Paris2015

Closing the Loop in Climate, Connecting the Dots in Post2015 Development Agenda and HABITATIII

Bonn Dialogues - Agenda of Local Governments and Municipal Authorities Constituency (LGMA) to the UNFCCC and partners of the Local Government Climate Roadmap at UNFCCC Bonn Climate Change Conference, 1-11 June 2015 (SB42 and ADP2.9)

ADP Section of Local Government Climate Roadmap

3-Pillars and 10_Action Points towards COP21/CMP11 Paris2015

Advance global negotiations – An ambitious and inclusive Paris2015 Outcome (towards national governments to mandate their UNFCCC Negotiators) 

Enhance vertical integration – Effective multilevel governance  (towards national governments to mandate their agencies responsible for climate policies)

Accelerate local and subnational climate action – Strengthened partnerships  (towards local and regional governments, together with their networks and their partners)

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[2015 Climate Advocacy Calendar]

TAP the potential of local and regional climate action! – Launch of the Transformative Actions Program (TAP) application process

The TAP invites cities and other subnational authorities to submit their transformative climate action projects – particularly those that still require financing. It will showcase these actions to potential investors and national delegations at the upcoming COP21.

Designed as a 10-year program, the TAP aims to raise local and regional climate ambitions as well as to accelerate the implementation of climate actions in the crucial pre-2020 and post-2020 phases. More specifically, the TAP aims to, over time, improve access to existing capital flows to cities and regions, as well as catalyzing and accelerating additional capital flows from public and private investors.

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ICLEI brochure for inclusive and ambitious climate regime beyond Paris 2015 published

On the eve of climate talks in Bonn, ICLEI has published an advocacy document encouraging all parties to move forward with an inclusive and ambitious approach in preparation for COP21 in Paris.

Bonn has been the arena of several successful climate talks in the past as well as being the host city of the Resilient Cities Congress since 2010. Today, as of June 2015, we are yet again at a critical junction for the future of the global climate regime.

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Friends of Cities: Multi-level partnerships for scaling up local action

The engagement of all levels of government – local, subnational and national – is essential when tackling climate change. They are also highly dependent on one another to effectively plan and coordinate unitedly for achieving their respective (shared) climate targets.

The city level plays an important role in instituting climate change mitigation and adaptation, including disaster risk management, in a specific geographical area where greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are significantly emitted. National governments in turn define strategy and policy to guide, steer, and ideally support effective climate action at all levels of government.

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ADP 2.8 Technical Examination Process (TEP) meeting brings cooperative spirit to climate talks

Within the scope of negotiations towards Paris2015 outcomes (ADP2.8) in Geneva, Switzerland, the Technical Examination Process (TEP) under the workstream 2 (raising pre-2020 ambition) brought together Party delegations, representatives of UNFCCCC institutions and experts from a variety of different international organizations.

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Call for applications: 2015 Momentum for Change

The UNFCCC is calling for applications to showcase transformational climate change projects, with four focus areas including "urban poor".

Organizations, cities, industries, governments and other key players that are taking the lead on tackling climate change can nominate their game-changing projects for a prestigious United Nations award.

Submissions accepted from 21 January to 24 April, 2015.

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The Road From Lima To Paris: Keep Three Lanes Free For Local Governments!

With Lima’s COP20 at an end, the big question now is: how can we build upon the work in Peru in order to ensure an inclusive and ambitious regime as an outcome of Paris2015?

[Read the full article on ICLEI´s CityTalk blog]

Webinar: Outcomes of the Lima Dialogues and Vision Towards Paris

Tuesday February 3rd 2015, at 10:00am, and at 04:00pm CET

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is hosted two webinars on the outcomes of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP20/CMP10) in Lima, Peru, with relevance to the engagement of local and subnational governments. The session included information on the vision towards COP21/CMP11 in Paris, and on notable events leading up to it.

French Senator, Ronan Dantec: "Do not forget about development’ in climate negotiations"

Ronan Dantec, Councilor, Nantes, France, and UCLG Climate Spokesperson discusses the Lima agreement, the next Conference of the Parties in Paris this year and the importance of local and subnational governments for sustainable development in the international negotiations on climate change.

[Read the interview from The EurActiv Network]

5 reasons why, in 2015, local governments should influence climate change plans. - The Guardian

Annabelle Jaeger, member of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur regional council and the EU’s Committee of the Regions, dicsusses the importance of local governments in light of the recent COP20 in Lima.

[Read the article from The Guardian]

City of Paris calls for “Cities and Local Governments Day” during COP21

Anne Hidalgo (Mayor of Paris), Patrick Klugman (Deputy Mayor of Paris) and the networks ICLEI, UCLG, C40, CEMR / PLATFORMA and IAFM joined together at Paris City Hall to define the roadmap for the COP21 in December 2015.

[Read more from the ICLEI news release]

The Lima Communiqué

The Lima Communiqué is the main outcome document that outlines the key position of the Local Government and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) major group at the UNFCCC.

Released last Monday at the Lima Dialogues High Level Event, the Communiqué calls for an inclusive and ambitious post-2015 climate regime, the scaling up of local and subnational actions and initiatives, as well as the formulation of national programmes and plans of action. It also commits mayors, local and subnational leaders to accelerate global advocacy and raise climate ambitions.

Lima Communiqué: English  /  Français

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Climate Action Portal Launched to Capture and Catalyze Climate Action in Support of 2015 Agreement

11 December 2014, Lima, Peru: The Peruvian Presidency of the UN Climate Change Conference COP20/CMP10 launched an online portal showing the actions that cities, companies, regions and investors are taking to address climate change.

The portal aims to demonstrate the strategic action being taken by non-state actors either individually or as part of cooperative initiatives. It displays thousands of climate action data, many of which have been supplied by ICLEI’s carbonn Climate Registry, the world’s leading reporting platform for local and subnational climate action.

The portal will help galvanize strong momentum through recognition of effective local and subnational government climate action, especally with on-going UNFCCC climate talks. It also helps provide governments with more confidence to sign an ambitious, collaborative agreement at the Paris climate negotiations in 2015 (COP21).

Online Portal

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Full list of events



World Summit of Territories and Civil Society - Steering Committee 

Lyon, France



Webinar: Outcomes of the Lima Dialogues and Vision Towards Paris


08.02.2015 - 13.02.2015


Geneva, Switzerland


11.02.2015 - 14.02.2015

Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific

Bangkok, Thailand



3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Sendai, Japan



World Congress on Disaster Risk Reduction

Sendai, Japan


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