Post-Summit Digest
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On 12 November 2017, local and regional governments adopted the Bonn-Fiji Commitment at the Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders.
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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 #Uniting4Climate movement."
Ashok Sridharan
Lord Mayor, Bonn, Germany
ICLEI First Vice President
"Welcome to the age of sustainable development, local and regional governments will have to shoulder much or even most of the task of enacting programs and schemes that will actually curb climate change."
Armin Laschet
Minister-President, State of North Rhine Westphalia, Germany
"This is the moment to take what we know cities and regions can accomplish and turn it into the everyday reality of citizens everywhere. We are at a crucial point. We are led by the monumental and far reaching Paris Agreement, but we are also in a race against time. Quite simply, we must act, all of us together and with great urgency." 
Patricia Espinosa
Executive Secretary, UNFCCC
"We can draw from the power and enthusiasm of local and regional leaders in the mission to tackle climate change. So many of you have already demonstrated how to make decisions and implement them."
Frank Bainimarama
Prime Minister, Republic of Fiji COP23 President
“We are here to show our local and regional leadership, our innovation and our voluntary commitments that can assist to achieve the Paris goals globally.”

Cathy Oke
Councillor, Melbourne, Australia ICLEI Global Executive Committee Member
"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."
Edmund G. Brown Jr
Governor, State of California
Co-Founder, Under2 Coalition COP23 Special Advisor for States and Regions
"The innovation, the pioneering spirit – this is what we need to go beyond the obvious...This is why we want to bring together everyone who has the solutions."
Bertrand Piccard
Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation
"Ambitious climate action needs cooperation from and between all levels. Germany therefore wants to further intensify this exchange and cooperation together with interested partner countries, initiatives and networks." 

H.E. Barbara Hendricks
Federal Minister, Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), Germany

"There is a long history of input and influence of cities and regions to the global climate track." 

Jochen Flasbarth
 State Secretary, BMUB, Germany
"We know that at this point, the pledges of all our governments are not sufficient to reach the well below 2-degrees Celsius target…We need well coordinated action at all levels. We need action at the global level, the regional level, the national level and the local level."
Maroš Šefčovič
Vice President, European Commission
Co-Chair, Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy
"Cities, states and regions hold tremendous power, especially when you work together…We are the laboratories of reform, we are the engines of innovation and we are where the action is."
Arnold Schwarzenegger
R20 Founding Chair
"Go into the community, talk to the people…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

"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 Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany
"Local governments and cities throughout the world play a key role in the fight against climate change. We are leaving a historic moment at this Summit by adopting the Declaration that ICLEI has facilitated with the collaboration of different partners and stakeholders."

Mauricio Rodas
Mayor of Quito Metropolitan Government, Ecuador
"The real changes come from the citizens. When the citizens come together in solidarity, they can bring about real change."
Park Won Soon
Mayor of Seoul, Republic of Korea ICLEI President
Board member of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy
"Our own experience in our own country Germany is about rural electrification and the Energiewende in Germany has taught us that municipalities, local business and citizens are key actors for addressing these challenges."
Tania Roediger-Vorwerk
Deputy Director General, Environment Infrastructure, BMZ, Germany
The over 330 political leaders at the Summit will move forward together to build a low carbon, resilient world for future generations.
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At the 23rd United Nations Climate Change Conference in November 2017, local and regional governments will once again prove they are at the forefront of climate action.
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