COP21 Breaking News_08 December: Cities & Regions Launch Major Five-Year Vision to Take Action on Climate Change

COP21 Regions Cities EnvironmentCities, regions, national states, public and private investors and international organizations are together accelerating the transformation at local and regional scale

Subnational authorities are largest group on NAZCA climate commitments platform with over 2200 entries

Paris, 8 December 2015. Cities and regions from five continents representing almost one-fifth of the world’s population came together today to launch a five-year vision that will raise their action to respond to climate change and ensure sustainable future living environments for their people.

Following the summit of local leaders on December 4th under the Paris Declaration, the Lima to Paris Action Agenda (LPAA) Focus on Cities will highlight the unprecedented level of sub-national government climate action and the wide mobilization of all actors who are joining forces to achieve large-scale transformation across wide territories.

Cities and regions are at the heart of their countries’ economic development and generate a large share of global GDP. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says urban areas are responsible for up to 49% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Cities and regions are also in the frontline of global efforts to protect citizens from the impacts of climate change.

Meeting the internationally agreed goal to keep the global average temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius therefore requires a deep transformation of local economic development models.

The world faces the greatest wave of urbanization in its history with 60% of the global population expected to live in urban areas by 2030 and 70% by 2050. This presents both a challenge and an opportunity – to lock new urban expansion into a new development model towards climate-resilient and low-carbon societies at large scale, leap frogging the old patterns of urban life for a growing population.

Main announcements of the day included:

A “Five-Year Vision” to be launched around 4 objectives mobilizing all actors

•    Increasing the number of cities and regions deciding to implement an Action Plan and climate objectives;
•    Building resilience in the greatest number of cities and regions, with particular attention to vulnerable populations;
•    Improving project preparation and climate planning to ensure increased financial flows to the territories, but also accelerate the deployment of innovative economic and financial tools;
•    Supporting multi-partnership initiatives between different levels of governance (State- local governments, decentralized cooperation, etc.).

Rising climate commitments from local and subnational governments representing 17% of the world population

Local authorities involvement within the climate Action Agenda is increasing fast and reaching all continents: 2,255 cities and 150 regions are already registered on the NAZCA climate commitments platform, representing 17% of the world population (1.25 billion inhabitants). Various transformative initiatives are in support of this dynamic:
•    The Covenant of Mayors gathering 6300 municipalities signatories and representing 208 million of people. In addition to an increase in European membership, the initiative added new targets within the European Union (-40% of GHG emissions in 2030), decided to go global and support subnational governments in the five continents, incorporated resilience in their Action Plan on climate change.
•    The Compact of Mayors, launched during the New York Summit, is now guiding 360 cities on the identification and implementation of climate objectives, the production of GHG inventories, targets and compliance;
•    The Compact of States and Regions, also launched in New York, gathers today 44 members from 18 countries;
•    The Under2MOU initiative involves 57 subnational jurisdictions to reducing their emissions from 80 to 95% below 1990 levels by 2050 or achieving per capita annual emission target of less than 2 metric tons by 2050;
•    The Carbon neutral cities alliance, facilitate collaborations between 17 major cities to achieve at least 80% of GHG reductions by 2050 compared to 2000.

Wide mobilization to enhance resilience at territorial and local level

This involves the implementation of adaptation plans at local levels, initiatives to protect the most vulnerable, plus financing and monitoring these commitments:
•    Launched in 2014, the adaptation part of the Covenant of Mayors (“Mayors adapt”), now brings together 141 Cities committed to implement adaptation plans and regularly report on their implementation;
•    The first ever international initiative to promote Adaptation plans at the regions level (“Regions adapt”);
•    The launch of a joint program on resilient cities through “Cities alliance” aiming to strengthen resilience to climate change within the most vulnerable populations (partners: Cities Alliance, UNEP, UN-Habitat, C40, ICLEI, PFVT, NGOs such as Slum dwellers international). The goal of this alliance is to develop 100 Resilience Action Plans by 2020;
•    The 100 resilient Cities of the Rockefeller Foundation, launched in New York supports financially and technically already 67 local governments;
•    The launch of the C40 and a multi-stakeholder platform with Medellin collaboration on a risk assessment program and monitoring commitments (“CRAFT initiative”).

International community organized to finance cities and regions at scale

Launched in September 2014, the Cities Climate Leadership Alliance Finance (CCFLA), brings together a growing number of partners. The Secretariat of this structure was announced at COP21 (UNEP, FMDV, R20).

•    The European Commission has announced a 60 million euro funding to support the development Climate Action Plans at the territorial level in developing countries;
•    Various initiatives to support project preparation, with the French Development Agency (AFD) committed to prepare co-benefits climate projects in 100 cities and the Inter-American Development Bank and GIZ launching a facility, together with C40;
•    The launch of various innovative tools aiming to enhance access of cities to financing, such as a coalition for urban green bonds with 6-10 pilot projects and launch of a local finance lab.

Local and national governments join forces worldwide to accelerate the transformation

•    The US-China Agreement gathering a joint action on climate change of 18 cities from US and 11 cities from China; a number of these cities in the Alliance of Peaking Pioneer Cities commit to meet or exceed China’s goal of peaking emissions by 2030;
•    The work undertaken jointly by the WAEMU and the local governments networks of West Africa to facilitate the emergence of urban finance facilities;
•    An acceleration of concerted strategies at the level of State and local governments (e.g. in India, the solar plan draws on the experience of regions and in France the positive energy at the local level);
•    The launch of a platform on the theme South-South cooperation of cities financed by China and hosted by the UNSG.

To further accelerate this action, the United Nations is announcing a wide mobilization of their agencies and the creation of an urban hub involving UNEP, UNDP, UN-Habitat, WHO and UNIDO). Also, this wide and inclusive multi-stakeholder partnership will be continued throughout 2016 to finalize a fully fledge action plan by COP22.

Source: http://newsroom.unfccc.int/lpaa/cities-subnationals/lpaa-focus-cities-regions-across-the-world-unite-to-launch-major-five-year-vision-to-take-action-on-climate-change/

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

UN launches drive to highlight environmental cost of staying fashionable

How supporting climate action on a local level can transform the world

We had the hottest June ever this year – this is what happened around the world

The financial world upside-down: debt failure closer

Juncker Investment Plan for Europe welcomed by European Youth Forum

Gender parity can boost economic growth. Here’s how

MWC 2016 LIVE: Orange targets VoLTE and Voice over Wi-Fi; strikes Google partnership

EU budget: Commission proposes most ambitious Research and Innovation programme yet

4 innovation hotspots in the Arab world

Take action on air pollution to save lives, and the planet, urges UN chief

Why Sweden’s cashless society is no longer a utopia

This is how music festivals are tackling plastic waste

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Venezuela-Colombia baby breakthrough, Italy piles on rescue boat pressure, States must combat hate, Kashmir rights latest and a musical plea to combat CAR hunger

Syrian Constitutional Committee a ‘sign of hope’: UN envoy tells Security Council

Microplastics have been found in Rocky Mountain rainwater

‘No justification’ for attacks against civilians, UN envoy says on mounting cross-border violence in Gaza

European Commission welcomes the positive assessment about how it has managed the EU budget

More than 90 per cent of Africa migrants would make perilous Europe journey again, despite the risks

How India is harnessing technology to lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Girls groomed for suicide missions fight back against the extremists of Lake Chad

These 5 foods are under threat from climate change

Rule of law in Hungary: Parliament should ask Council to act, say committee MEPs

Welcome to the age of the platform nation

Africa-Europe Alliance: Denmark provides €10 million for sustainable development under the EU External Investment Plan

‘Repeated attacks’ could close down key hospital in eastern Libya, says WHO

Brexit: political groups discuss options for an orderly withdrawal

UN condemns Syrian ‘war on children’ as up to 30 reportedly killed in clashes

This new solar technology can be printed or woven into fabric

Hostilities in Syria’s southwest, mean cuts in vital aid across Jordanian border: Senior UN official

My twin from Guangzhou

FROM THE FIELD: 10,000 Indonesia quake survivors to receive UN tents

How to help companies become global defenders of LGBTI rights

World ‘not yet on track’ to ensure children a better future: UN rights chief

Alarming level of reprisals against activists, human rights defenders, and victims – new UN report

EU budget: the Common Agricultural Policy beyond 2020

How revealing the cost of coal makes us all better off

Global aid needed for healthcare

Only one in five countries has a healthcare strategy to deal with climate change

The European Commission to stop Buffering

Large parts of the world are growing more fragile. Here are 5 steps to reverse course

Mine ban agreement ‘has saved countless lives’, but ‘accelerated efforts’ needed to end scourge for good: Guterres

Here are 4 of the most politically charged World Cup games ever played

Fed and ECB prepare a new party for the financial sharks

This is why Dutch teenagers are among the happiest in the world

Paid paternity leave should be the norm in the US

Overcoming the paralysis of trust management across a fractured IT landscape

The Peoples are missing from EU’s monetary union

“A global threat lies ahead worsened after the EU’s green light to the Bayer-Monsanto merger”, a Sting Exclusive by the President of Slow Food

Create conditions for ‘harmony between humankind and nature’, UN chief says on sidelines of G20 in Japan

How banking with blockchain can stamp out corruption and increase financial inclusion

5 things you need to know about water

“As German Chancellor I want to be able to cope with the merger of the real and digital economy”, Angela Merkel from Switzerland; the Sting reports live from World Economic Forum 2015 in Davos

Four things Turkey did for business in the G20

Millennials (and Gen X) – Here are the steps you should take to secure your financial future

Impacting society with digital ingenuity – World Summit Award proclaiming the top 8 worldwide

“Leaked” TTIP document breaks post 8th negotiations round silence and opens door to critics

Zhua Zhou: Choosing The Future

“Be aware where you put your I Agree signature on and something else”; now Facebook by default opts you in an unseen private data bazar

Japanese law professor elected new judge at the International Court of Justice

This team of Saudi women designed an award-winning app to make the Hajj safer

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s