ICLEI and R20 join forces for bottom-up action on MRV: Both ICLEI and R20 are convinced that many aspects of climate change and green growth can effectively be tackled at the sub-national level. One way to ensure that local actions on climate change are acknowledged on a global political scale is through efficient measuring, reporting and verification (MRV) of these actions, thereby allowing sub-nationals to contribute, for example, to greenhouse gas reduction commitments at national levels. An upgraded Registry database that accepts data from states, provinces and regions, will allow some of R20's most active members to report their data and be recognised, along with other sub-national governments, in important international agreements. To this end, ICLEI and R20 plan to promote results of the upgraded registry at important events such as the COP20 and COP21. Beyond these events, both ICLEI and R20 hope to see sub-national reporting lead to long-term benefits on climate change mitigation, adaptation and green growth.
R20: The R20 is a non-profit organization launched by former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010. The R20 mission is to help states, provinces, regions and other sub-national governments around the world to develop, implement and communicate low-carbon and climate-resilient economic development projects, policies and best practices. Through its large network of members and affiliate members, the R20 connects over 560 sub-national and local governments around the world with over 50 technology partners and investors.