Less than two months before UN climate negotiations take off in Bonn, European cities and regions are consolidating alliances with civil society and environmental associations to push climate action forward. The European Committee of the Regions today signed an Action Plan with ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) and another with Climate Alliance. Both cooperation agreements seek to accelerate the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the European Committee of the Regions, said: "Now more than ever we must unite our efforts and resources to put a stop to global warming. Today we see that locally and regionally there is growing ambition to work together and deliver on our climate commitments. Only through cooperation can we make the transition to a low-carbon economy, demonstrate that multi-level governance is the only way forward to protect our climate and improve financing for climate projects in our communities."
Gino Van Begin, ICLEI's Secretary-General said: " In order to mobilize the vast resources needed to develop and fund urban adaptation, there in an urgent need to support cities with project preparation, assist national governments to create enabling policy environments to finance such projects, and guide international financing institutions to increase accessibility of financial resources for subnational governments."
Thomas Brose, Executive Director of Climate Alliance said: "The active involvement of the regional and local levels is key to successfully manage climate policy, whether it is within the EU or at the international stage. The European Committee of the Regions has proven to be a powerful partner in Climate Alliance's efforts to lend a stronger voice to the local and regional levels. We very much welcome the opportunities this new agreement opens up and look forward to sharing the good news with our members at the Climate Alliance conference in Essen this week."
Both Action Plans formalise existing long-standing working relationships and provide a framework for reinforced cooperation in key dossiers of mutual interest such as the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The aim is to jointly give support to specific common objectives: the development of environmentally-sustainable cities and territorial areas, the energy transition towards a low-carbon economy, the development of adequate financing mechanisms to multiply climate adaptation and mitigation actions locally and the establishment of a global climate multi-level governance that fully involves non-state actors in the implementation and progress monitoring of the Paris Agreement.