The countdown to the UNFCCC COP21 in Paris has officially begun. In less than one week the world’s nations, local and sub-national governments, and key decision-makers will convene in Paris (30 Nov. to – 11 Dec 2015). Selected highlights and events below are recommended as “must see” and “must be”.
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability in its capacity as the focal point of Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency to the UNFCCC, will host and co-host of numerous events. Please join us - whether in Paris, or participating remotely – and don’t miss a beat of the low-carbon action. Here is your (non-exhaustive) list of low-carbon events:
“Recognize – Engage - Empower” – follow the Local Government Climate Roadmap
To get an overview we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the Local Government Climate Roadmap and the local and subnational governments advocacy journey to date. Also consult the Local Government Climate Roadmap Paris Dialogues outlining the latest developments of the COP21/CMP11 negotiations in Paris that are relevant to cities, towns and regions.
Events organized under the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA) address thematic focuses (including “buildings” on Dec 3rd and “cities” on Dec 8th). These mostly take place in the Blue Zone and require UNFCCC accreditation (so restricted access).
During the duration of the COP21/CMP11 ICLEI will provide daily media coverage of the Blue Zone (again, requiring official UNFCCC accreditation).
Events and side events at COP21
The Cities & Regions Pavilion – TAP2015 has a power-packed agenda with over 100 sessions to take place in from Tuesday, December 1st to Friday December 11th. This Pavilion will serve as a hub for local and subnational governments - to raise ambition, awareness and visibility of real and potential local climate action. Consult the website for information on the program and other logistical information on how to get to this cool Pavilion in the Green Zone (no UNFCCC accreditation required).
Climate and Clean Air Coalition: What cities can do to improve climate and clean air
Thursday Dec 3rd 11:00-12:00pm, Cities & Regions Pavilion – TAP2015 (Agora Room)
Hosted by the Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC)
Celebrating local climate commitments and initiatives reporting in the carbonn® Climate Registry Friday Dec 4th 1:30-3:30pm, Cities & Regions Pavilion – TAP2015 (Agora Room)
Hosted by ICLEI’s Bonn Center for Local Climate Action and Reporting (carbonn® Center)
LAUNCH: Save the date for this milestone event where the carbonn®Climate Registry 5-Year Overview Report will be launched, presenting data from 608 reporting entities, representing 553 million inhabitants and committed emission reductions equivalent to 1 gigaton of CO2e by 2020.
Local Action, global Results – From Recognition to Raising Ambition
Saturday Dec 5th 13:00-14:00, Cities & Regions Pavilion – TAP2015 (Agora Room)
Hosted by: ICLEI’s Local Government Climate Roadmap
Compact of Mayors: the world´s largest coalition on local climate action and towards SDGs/HABITAT3 Monday Dec 7th 13:15-14:45, ICLEI and UCLG’s joint UNFCCC Official COP21/CMP11 Side event (Room-1 in Blue Zone)
Hosted by ICLEI and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) on behalf of the Compact of Mayors Management Committee
Urban Low Emission Development and North-South cooperation – High-level panel
Monday Dec 7th 18:30-20:00, EU Pavilion (Room Luxembourg in Blue Zone) [more information here]
Co-hosted by: ICLEI and UN-Habitat
More events relevant to ICLEI projects are taking place during COP21, for more information:
See you in Paris !