The world needs "a global deal for climate" that keeps the rise of the global average temperature below 2°C. This is the aim of the European Union at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21 UNFCCC) which will take place in Paris between 30 November and 11 December 2015.
The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) will take part as Observer in the official EU Delegation. In this way, the EU Delegation does not only represent the national level of EU Member States but also their regional and local levels. Markku Markkula, president of the European Committee of the Regions, will represent the voice of European local and regional governments alongside with ENVE President Francesco Pigliaru, COP21 Rapporteur Annabelle Jaeger and Covenant of Mayors Rapporteur Kata Tüttő.
Fully supporting the goals of the EU Delegation, the European Committee of the Regions will contribute to various side events which will give the opportunity to share successful actions against climate change on regional levels with other stakeholders from around the world.
From the perspective of the European Committee of the Regions it is crucial that the high level of ambition will be upheld which can be particularly supported by cities and regions. Underpinning this goal, the CoR has adopted the opinion "Towards a global climate agreement in Paris (CDR 1535/2015)" at its Plenary Session on 13-14 October 2015 calling for an even higher level of ambition.
In the opinion, Rapporteur Annabelle Jaeger recommends, among other propositions, regular exchanges between the mayoral, regional and ministerial level during future COP conferences. The opinion likewise encourages the Parties to the COP21 to decide on an action plan for cities and regions in order to facilitate quick and cost-efficient climate action at all levels.
Events co-organised by the CoR