Cities & Regions

It's Cities, Regions and Built Environment Day at COP26

📢 Responding to the draft Glasgow outcomes document
🗣️ LGMA statements delivered to world leaders
🏙️ Top stories from yesterday at the Pavilion
Visit the online Pavilion ⚡️

The Power of Cities at COP26

Imagine there were a country with 4.5 billion residents that didn’t have a seat at the table at the COP climate conferences. This would be outrageous. It would, in essence, make negotiations pointless, since half of the world’s population wouldn’t be represented in the outcomes or the final decisions. 

The world’s cities face this reality. However, even without an official seat at the negotiations table, with over 400 delegates, including governors, mayors and councilors, in attendance, cities and regions rival the largest national delegations in attendance this year. These delegates are doing all they can to make sure subnational voices are heard. 

Today is Cities, Regions and Built Environment Day at COP26, and we are excited to see the tide changing. Every year our voices are stronger and heard by more parties and leaders. This was evidenced by an exciting day yesterday, when representatives from the LGMA delivered interventions at the COP26 High Level Segment and in a closed meeting with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and UN Secretary General António Guterres. Today, other representatives will meet again with the Secretary General.

Additionally, representatives from cities and regions lobbied multiple national parties to add explicit reference to multilevel collaboration and action to the draft Glasgow Outcomes that are now being circulated.
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More key statements to note

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“The draft cover text is a start, but it must be the floor - not the ceiling. The imperative for leaders now - on climate finance and the pathway to 1.5 degrees - is to negotiate the ambition significantly upwards. It must not be watered down. It is vital that the world emerges from COP26 with 1.5 degrees well and truly alive, and closing the finance gap is key to that. It is also a moral obligation developed countries owe to those less developed and most vulnerable to the impact of climate change."

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon
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Sessions not to miss today

Local Government and Municipal Authorities COP26 Multilevel Partnership
11:30 - 13:00 GMT

This policy dialogue on the Cities and Regions Day of COP26 aims to advance the recognition of subnational governments to net zero climate action. 

Accelerating Local Climate Action in Smaller Municipalities: Good Practices Across the Americas

16:30 - 18:00 GMT
A space for dialogue between key GCoM stakeholders in the US, Canada and Latin America to identify solutions to accelerate local climate action in smaller municipalities.

If you missed a session, navigate to the replay tab on the platform to watch again.

#Time4MultilevelAction at COP26

Knowledge brokering is catalyzing resilience and gender equity in Global South’s climate plans
As the Global South mobilizes to build the resilience of its communities, their primary tool is knowledge - and lots of it.
City Ambitions Towards Future-Proof, Equitable Mobility Systems 
Cities around the world, connected through ICLEI programming, are advancing ambition needed to contribute to the Paris Agreement and achieve net zero emissions in transport.

Share your experience

Share your experience at the online pavilion with your network!

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Don’t forget to tag @ICLEI and @ICLEI_advocacy

Join the conversation using: #LGMA, #Time4MultilevelAction
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The in-person Multilevel Action Pavilion is in the Blue Zone, Hall 4c, Pavilion 51.

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