The Role of Local Governments in Climate Mitigation and Adaptation efforts

15983628602_5be89d96d7_oLocal and regional governments have traditionally been very active in climate mitigation and adaptation efforts, as well as in providing concrete inputs to the intergovernmental negotiations. These efforts have been recently witnessed in the Conference of the Parties 20 (COP 20) in Lima, Peru.

On December 8, alongside the COP 20, a high-level event of local and regional governments organized by the city of Lima and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability took place at Lima City Hall. The aim of the meeting was to voice the concerns of local governments and feed their resolution into the ongoing United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) climate negotiations, where over 190 countries were negotiating the draft text of new international climate change agreement.

The event participated various local government representatives and non state actors.  Susana Villarán, Mayor of Lima spoke on the event emphasising the role and unique advantage of local governments on the global effort to curb climate change. She said “Cities are made up of its citizens, and if the changes are not coming from new generations, from the community, we are walking through unknown paths into our planet´s uncertainty [and] we cannot allow that”. 

The meeting resulted the Lima communique that outlines the scientific basis for climate action, and cements the commitment of local governments to step up collaborative climate action and scale down greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Key points of the communique were relayed to the main climate negotiation summit when Susana Villarán, Mayor of Lima addressed the COP 20 opening session.

The Hunger Project endorses the Lima communique and advocates for an inclusive climate negotiation that weighs in the participation of local governments, non state actors and communities.

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