EU Cities and Regions at COP27
The 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) took place from 6 to 18 November 2022 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. As part of the delegation of the European Union and member of the LGMA (Local Governments and Municipal Authorities) constituency, which represents local governments and municipalities worldwide, the European Committee of the Region attended the COP27 to continue advocating a formal role for subnational governments in international climate governance and the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Olgierd Geblewicz (PL/EPP) was part of the CoR delegation. On 15 November, during the event on the Second Edition of the Playbook (launched as an update to reflect the global developments since Glasgow), he stressed the importance of multilevel cooperation in reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement, highlighting the unique role of regions and cities: “If we want to be successful in climate policy, we need three ingredients: financing, legislation and society. Our crucial job is to convince society”.