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Climate governance after 2020: a European and global perspective – a contribution to the UNFCCC COP24

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Opinion Number: CDR 923/2018
Rapporteur: COOPER Andrew Varah
Commission: ENVE
Status: Adopted
Date: 05/07/2018
 
The European Committee of the Regions:
Recalls that the Paris Agreement recognises the important role played by multilevel governance in climate policies and the need to engage with regions, cities and non-Party stakeholders.
Considers that the stepping-up of politically-relevant, democratically elected non-Party stakeholders such as local and regional authorities (LRAs) in the global climate governance regime is a non-negligible trend, and that it is therefore essential that the UNFCCC regulatory framework acknowledges this form of bottom-up governance by formally recognising its role in the decision-making process.
Calls for NDCs to include an aggregation of regionally and locally determined contributions to recognise the role of subnational authorities in the achievement of the international climate commitments and considers that, provisions should be enshrined in the Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union, notably as regards the participation of LRAs in the preparation of the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plans.
Calls for the transparency framework to include in the national inventory reports a dedicated section on mitigation actions undertaken at the subnational levels of governments as a way to help track the progress towards achieving the NDC (and R/LDCs).
Calls on the UNFCCC Parties and on the European Commission to insert in the future rules on the global stocktake, an obligation for the Parties to consult and involve local and regional authorities during the formulation phase of their submissions.
Calls on the COP Presidencies, UN Climate Change Secretariat and UNFCCC Parties to clarify how the results of the Talanoa Dialogue will be processed and integrated into the negotiating texts to be adopted at COP24.
Proposes that the Talanoa Dialogue should not be limited to a storytelling approach, and should continue beyond COP24 turning into a mid-term exercise during the global stocktake cycles. During that process, a fourth question - "by when?" – could be added to the Dialogue framework.
Participation at the May session of UNFCCC COP24 negotiations session, and participation at the Talanoa Dialouge in Bonn (May 2018);
Rapporteur presents main points of the opinion to the ENVI Committee at the European Parliament (June 2018);
A CoR delegation participates as observer in the EU delegation at the UNFCCC COP24 in Katowice, Poland (December 2018).
THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS:



- Recalls that the Paris Agreement recognises the important role played by multilevel governance in climate policies and the need to engage with regions, cities and non-Party stakeholders.

- Considers that the stepping-up of politically-relevant, democratically elected non-Party stakeholders such as local and regional authorities (LRAs) in the global climate governance regime is a non-negligible trend, and that it is therefore essential that the UNFCCC regulatory framework acknowledges this form of bottom-up governance by formally recognising its role in the decision-making process.

- Calls for NDCs to include an aggregation of regionally and locally determined contributions to recognise the role of subnational authorities in the achievement of the international climate commitments and considers that, provisions should be enshrined in the Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union, notably as regards the participation of LRAs in the preparation of the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plans.

- Calls for the transparency framework to include in the national inventory reports a dedicated section on mitigation actions undertaken at the subnational levels of governments as a way to help track the progress towards achieving the NDC (and R/LDCs).

- Calls on the UNFCCC Parties and on the European Commission to insert in the future rules on the global stocktake, an obligation for the Parties to consult and involve local and regional authorities during the formulation phase of their submissions.

- Calls on the COP Presidencies, UN Climate Change Secretariat and UNFCCC Parties to clarify how the results of the Talanoa Dialogue will be processed and integrated into the negotiating texts to be adopted at COP24.

- Proposes that the Talanoa Dialogue should not be limited to a storytelling approach, and should continue beyond COP24 turning into a mid-term exercise during the global stocktake cycles. During that process, a fourth question - "by when?" – could be added to the Dialogue framework.

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2018 Climate Alliance International Conference

Rapporteur participation to the 2018 Climate Alliance International Conference "Connecting Cities ‒ Local Solutions for Global Challenges".
The event aim is to strengthen network-based approaches to global challenges by connecting local and regional authorities from across Europe.

 
01 Oct
 

Briefing with High-Level Climate Champion Tomasz Chruszczow

Six months ahead of the UNFCCC COP24 in Katowice, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) invites you to take part in a policy briefing on the state of play of the climate negotiations and the progress made on the modalities and guidelines for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The so-called “Paris rulebook” is to be finalised and adopted in Katowice. Discussions will also include the role of regions and cities as key non-state actors in the framework of the UNFCCC governance.

This event is designed for climate experts ad specialised press. It will be held two weeks ahead of the high-level political debate on climate governance that the CoR will host during its plenary session 4-5 July. EU's assembly of cities and regions will also adopt its opinion on COP24 during the July plenary.

Tomasz Chruszczow, High-Level Climate Champion and Special Envoy for Environment of the Polish Government will provide first-hand insights on the current state of play of the climate negotiations and the potential bottlenecks Parties are facing to reach an agreement on the implementation of the Paris agreement, due in Katowice.

Yvon Slingenberg, Director for International and Mainstreaming and Policy Coordination, DG Climate Action, European Commission, will share the concerns and expectations of the EU delegation on COP24 and the implementation of the Paris agreement.

 
22 Jun
 

CoR rapporteur intervened at the European Dialogue on Non-State Climate Action (Talanoa Dialogue) in Brussels

Mr Cooper intervened as speaker during the workshop dedicated to climate governance. The European Dialogue on Non-State Climate Action is co-organised by the CoR, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Climate Chance association according to the Talanoa approach as established at the UNFCCC COP 23 in 2017. The Talanoa dialogue aims to allow countries to assess the progress made so far towards achieving the long-term goal of the Paris Agreement, and to help them increase the ambition of their Nationally Determined Contributions by 2020.

Mr Cooper intervened during the workshop on climate governance. The workshop offered an opportunity to identify good climate governance practices. It also allowed to collect feedback and address challenges in order to progressively build an enabling governance environment for bottom-up climate action.

 
23 Apr
 

CoR rapporteur meets the European Parliament's rapporteur on Climate Diplomacy

On 21 March Mr Cooper met the European Parliament's rapporteur on Climate Diplomacy, Mr Arne Lietz (DE/S&D), in view of the preparation of his draft opinion.

 
21 Mar
 

CoR rapporteur meets stakeholders

In view of the preparation of the draft opinion, the rapporteur met a number of relevant stakeholders during his mission to Brussels in March. Specifically, Mr Cooper met representatives from the european Commission (Directorate-general for Climate Action), Climate Alliance, CEMR, Eurocities, and Climate Action Network. Mr Cooper also met Mr Jo Leinen, the European Parliament's co-rapporteur on Climate Diplomacy, and Mr Claude Turmes, the European Parliament's rapporteur on the Energy Union Governance Regulation.

 
05 Mar