Mayor Ulrich Sumptoh of Port Vila, Vanuatu, pictured right, joins a panel discussion at the summit on financing resilience

At Marrakech Summit, local and subnational governments chart a path to strengthen climate action

The second Climate Summit for Local and Regional Leaders was held on 14 November 2016 in parallel to COP22, the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco. The summit convened 1,100 participants from 114 countries, representing over 780 local and subnational governments, continuing the momentum build last year at the successful Climate Summit for Local Leaders in Paris City Hall.

The summit culminated with the release of the Marrakech Roadmap for Action, which was presented to Champions of the Global Climate Action Agenda, Ms Hakima El Haité and Ms Laurence Tubiana. Their role as part of the Global Climate Action Agenda is to connect nations and the voluntary actions of non-Party actors, including local and subnational governments. 

The Marrakech Roadmap for Action welcomed the entry into force of the Paris Agreement, while reaffirming the role of local and subnational governments as key partners to support the design and implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs).

The document emphasized the need to more effectively transfer resources to local and subnational governments such that they can establish human, legal, regulatory and engineer capacities needed to achieve their climate goals.

The roadmap called for three primary areas of action:

  • Capacity building efforts that better position local and subnational governments to take action and access funding
  • Integration between the local and subnational levels and the global financial ecosystem
  • Knowledge transfer on funding sources and technical solutions

As part of stronger capacity building efforts, the Marrakech Roadmap For Action highlighted the need for stronger cooperation among all levels of government, improved intermunicipal and city-region cooperation on financing as well as support for project preparation facilities and pipelines of bankable projects, such as the ICLEI-managed Transformative Actions Program (TAP).

To help address gaps in the distribution of financial resources, the Marrakech Roadmap for Action will launch two key initiatives:

  • In 2017, the Global Campaign for Localizing Climate Finance
  • In 2020, a Global Action Framework for Localizing Climate Finance

The Global Campaign for Localizing Climate Finance, with leadership from the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance (CCFLA), will push for climate finance to reach local and subnational governments and look for ways to connect local action to the NDC Funding and Initiatives Navigator, a searchable database of financial and technical assistance programs that support implementation of national plans. 

The Global Action Framework towards Localizing Climate Finance aims to create a systematic way to define and finance local and subnational climate strategies. It was suggested as a flagship program of the Paris Agreement and the Global Climate Action Agenda and will be designed inspire national strategies for implementation.

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