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Dear ICLEI Members and friends,

From November 7th to 18th 2016, the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is taking place in Marrakech, Morocco. This conference is happening one year after the Paris Agreement was adopted at COP21, and just a few days after it entered into force on November 4th. The rapid entry into force of the Paris Agreement has sent a strong signal about the political commitment among nations.

These national commitments, however, do not yet reach the necessary level of ambition.  According to recent UNFCCC analyses, in 2030, global emissions will be 22 gigatons of CO2 equivalent (GTCO2e) higher than the level needed to stay on track towards the 1.5-degree target and 15 GTCO2e higher than the level needed for the 2-degree scenario in the Paris Agreement. This means not only that nations need to quickly raise their ambitions but also that strong local and subnational action will be essential in closing this gap.

We also know that the latest scientific findings forecast more frequent and intense heat waves, storms and accelerated rate of sea level rise, with disproportionately high impacts on urban areas. This means we must quickly prepare for the effects of climate change.

The Paris Agreement has provided a strong foundation for inclusive climate action. COP22 will be critical to ensure rapid action on mitigation, adaptation and resilience is taken by all actors.

ICLEI will be on the ground at COP22 with a delegation of 25 local leaders, 17 local representatives and 15 executive and senior ICLEI staff, to position local and subnational governments to be active contributors in building the implementation architecture. As the focal point of Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency to the UNFCCC, ICLEI will facilitate the engagement of local and subnational governments in the official UNFCCC process to show how local and subnational governments are driving the global climate agenda through transformative and progressive local action.

ICLEI is bringing technical expertise in a number of areas, including renewable energy, resilience and climate data management, to name a few. ICLEI will facilitate the organization of the Resilience Workstream of the Global Climate Action Cities and Human Settlements Theme on  November 10th and its contribution to the High Level Action Day on November 17th, as a support to COP21-COP22 Champions and the UNFCCC Secretariat.

ICLEI is supporting the Marrakesh Climate Summit of Local and Regional Governments on November 14th by mobilizing speakers from local and regional governments. We are also coming to COP ready and willing to continue building partnerships across sectors by co-hosting events such as the COP22 Low-Emissions Solutions Conference (LESC) on November 14th to 16th, a solutions-oriented event that brings together national delegates, business, academia and cities.

Finally, ICLEI will  host and support over 20 events and side-events that will pave a path for climate action in key thematic areas.

Stay tuned for updates from Marrakech.

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