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Cities and regions have a megaphone that is louder than ever before. Now is the time to use it. 

            Here is our take on the COP in Bonn – and what it all means for local and regional governments and for global climate action.

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The Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders brings together hundreds of political leaders
 
 
 







At the Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders, local and regional governments demonstrated they intend to do what it takes to accelerate global climate action. 

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"We have time but not much time. So please, push yourself to the furthest degree. I will promise you that California will be right there with you."
Jerry Brown
Governor of California, USA
Under2 Coalition Co-Founder
COP23 Special Advisor for States and Regions
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"We are here to forge new coalitions, to act and collaborate for our climate and to encourage civil society, businesses and our peers in cities and regions to join the uniting for climate movement."
Ashok Sridharan
Mayor of Bonn
ICLEI First Vice President
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"Use the youth, use the women – because most of the time, the women will say to the children and to the community we are going to do this and get it done – and they do."
Clara Doe-Mvogo
Mayor of Monrovia, Liberia

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Local and regional governments bring forward their commitments and actions through the Bonn-Fiji Commitment
 
 
 
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The Bonn-Fiji Commitment - adopted by hundreds of local and regional governments - features over 20 concrete initiatives designed to strengthen climate action globally. 

Pictured left - The Mayor of Bonn delivers the Commitment to the Secretary General of the United Nations.


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 The ICLEI network announced
a number of initiatives 
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Front-line Cities and Islands
Coastal cities and islands on the front-lines of climate change impacts are uniting to build resilience.
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Urban Transitions Alliance
Industrial and former industrial cities are defining shared challenges and co-creating solutions.
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Multilevel action on climate
ICLEI and the NDC Partnership will enable all levels of government to take joint action. 
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Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy
Over 7,400 cities are advancing transitions to low emission and climate resilient economies.
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Climate Reporting Partnership
ICLEI and CDP are teaming up to build a robust database of self-reported climate data.
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One Planet
City Challenge
This initiative encourages cities to increase their ambition and engage in long term reporting. 
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Cities and regions join the grand coalition of climate actors
 
 
 
The Fijian COP Presidency called all levels of governments, civil society and the private sector to build a grand coalition to drive global climate action. Here is how it came together in Bonn.
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Cities, business and science aim to scale up low-emission solutions
Cities, businesses and researchers gathered in a unique forum to discuss at-scale implementation of low-emission solutions.
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U.S. leaders and climate activists show the world We Are Still In
Citizens of the U.S. joined local elected officials in showcasing what climate leadership can look like across the country.
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A real national to local conversation on climate governance
Nations, regions and cities are starting to talk the talk - and walk the walk - on multilevel governance for climate action. 
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Nations join 
subnational leaders at the Summit
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"Ambitious climate action needs cooperation from and between all levels."
Barbara Hendricks
Federal Minister, Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany
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"Cities cannot win the fight on their own, but without cities, the fight cannot be won at all."
Hans-Joachim Fuchtel
Parliamentary State Secretary to the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development
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"We can draw from the power and enthusiasm of local and regional leaders in the mission to tackle climate change."
Frank Bainimarama
Prime Minister of Fiji
COP23 President
Cities and regions play a strong role in the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action

Cities and regions had a strong presence at many of the thematic days of of the Marrakech Partnership - the forum through which stakeholders engage in the global climate process. The thematic days on Human Settlements and the Urban Sustainable Development Goal were highlights.

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The Bonn-Fiji Commitment lives on  
 
 
 
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On the last day of COP, the Government of Fiji gave a Fijian Drua boat to the citizens of Bonn. It was a powerful symbol that nations and local governments from the Global North and South are committed to working together to tackle climate change.

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Cities and regions send a global message
 
 
 
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Voices from COP23
Local and regional leaders tell their stories.

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Reuters
From gray to green: smokestack cities power to bright future
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CityLab
What post-industrial cities can learn from each other
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World Climate Conference in Bonn: Regional Initiatives for Climate Protection
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Reuters
Tropical islands to team up with rich cities on climate change
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Cities Today
What did we learn from
COP23?
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Deutsche Welle
Politicians think globally, act locally to fight global warming
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COP23 in pictures








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