ICLEI Unites Local Actors in Paris:
A Summary from Paris City Hall and COP21 Green Zone
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The City of Paris provided the stage for the largest mobilization of local and subnational leaders around a COP, at the heart of which were the Climate Summit for Local Leaders on 4 December and the Cities & Regions Pavilion – TAP2015, running from 30 November until 11 December.

Mayors and local leaders from around the world united in an historic commitment to collectively tackle climate change through the groundbreaking Paris City Hall Declaration.

At the same time, in the Cities & Regions Pavilion – TAP2015, local and subnational governments and their partners called for partnerships to accelerate the transformative change they are leading in cities and regions across the world. Pavilion co-hosts, Paris and European Green Capital 2015, Bristol, along with ICLEI, made possible this unprecedented show of unity by local actors at a COP.

ICLEI thanks all the partners who contributed to the Climate Summit and the Pavilion. Our collective efforts positioned local and subnational governments as a strong force for contributing to the adopted climate agreement. Our work, however, is not done. Cities and regions must continue to lead with ambitious climate actions, and national governments must work together as agreed towards more ambitious climate commitments.

We are pleased to present to you some highlights of the local and subnational action at the Climate Summit and the Cities & Regions Pavilion in this summary.

With many thanks and looking forward to further cooperation with each of you,

Gino Van Begin
Secretary General, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
Climate Summit for Local Leaders
On 4 December 2015, Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and Michael R. Bloomberg, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, convened the largest global gathering of mayors, governors and local leaders committed to tackling climate change at Paris City Hall. ICLEI helped to organize the event, and Park Won Soon, Mayor of Seoul, Republic of Korea and President of ICLEI, led the ICLEI delegation of more than 200 mayors and local leaders. Mayor Park highlighted the Promise of Seoul and called on local leaders to "think global, act local". Read more

Photos courtesy of mikebloomberg Flickr channel.
Cities & Regions Pavilion – TAP2015
With 50 partners, ICLEI developed a packed two-week program of presentations, debates and workshops. Over 1,700 registered participants attended hourly sessions in the Pavilion on topics including finance, resilience, energy and reporting. To read comprehensive reports on sessions, please click here.
Pavilion Co-Host: Paris
Tuesday, 1 December: Patrick Klugman, Deputy Mayor of Paris, joined representatives of Bristol, Copenhagen and ICLEI at the opening session of the Cities & Regions Pavilion, stating that it is critical “to highlight the tremendous potential of local and regional governments to act quickly.” Read more
Saturday, 5 December: Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, met with Park Won Soon, Mayor of Seoul and ICLEI President, and Gino Van Begin, Secretary General of ICLEI, at the Cities & Regions Pavilion, thanking local leaders at the Pavilion for their support and actions.
Monday, 7 December: Paris Deputy Mayor Célia Blauel participated in a session on cities and regions moving towards 100% renewable energy. “We are doing this for the planet, but also because it is good for our citizens: lower energy prices, jobs, and better air quality,” said Blauel. Read more
Pavilion Co-Host: Bristol
Tuesday, 1 December: Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson, co-hosted a discussion with other European Green Capitals. Mayor Ferguson emphasized collaboration with other cities, civil society, schools and businesses. “Recognizing that we cannot work in isolation is absolutely vital," he stated. Read more
Tuesday, 1 December: At a "TAP Time" session, George Ferguson explained the Bristol Brain project: “Traditionally, city planners have worked with the best data they can get rather than the data that they want. The Bristol Brain will enable us to make more intelligent decisions by simulating the results of our actions.” Read more
Friday, 11 December: At a panel at the final session of the Cities & Regions Pavilion, Alex Minshull, Sustainable City and Climate Change Manager at Bristol City Council, representing Mayor Ferguson, explained how the ambitious actions of cities presented at the Pavilion had convinced him that Bristol must move "faster and further." Read more
The Transformative Actions Program (TAP)
Every day, the Cities & Regions Pavilion showcased transformative action plans from cities and regions around the world that can complement the implementation of the COP Paris Agreement if supported financially. ICLEI and a range of partners mobilized over 120 of the most ambitious, inclusive and cross-cutting local climate projects, from 88 cities and regions. These projects respond to the need for a set of bankable projects that can be packaged to attract finance from major funding institutions. Following this successful pilot, the TAP will continue to gather projects, bringing a new set each year to future COPs with the support of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA) Five-Year Vision. 
Read all the TAP Time session reports here.
Highlights of ICLEI Sessions
Friday, 4 December: ICLEI showcased the carbonn® Climate Registry (cCR) – the world’s leading reporting platform to enhance transparency, accountability and credibility of climate action of local and subnational governments – and presented the latest cCR 5-Year Overview Report. Read more
Saturday, 5 December: At a session entitled "Local Action, Global Results: From Recognition to Raising Ambitions”, representatives of ICLEI and of ICLEI Member cities Seoul, Oakland, Bonn and Joondalup shared their achievements on local climate action and looked to the future. Read more
Monday, 7 December: ICLEI welcomed Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), for the signing of an MOU between ICLEI and UNEP. Steiner hailed the organizations' "very distinct and wonderfully complementary opportunities” to act. Read more
To learn more about the large number of ICLEI sessions, please read the news stories on our website or the reports on our blog
Pavilion Partners
The Cities & Regions Pavilion was made possible by the goodwill, support and cooperation of a wide range of partners. Many of these partners hosted sessions at the Pavilion - to explore the session reports, please click on the image below. 
Click here to visit our "Best of Pavilion and Summit" album on our Flickr channel. 

See you at COP22 in Morocco, 7-18 November 2016, with regards from Ségolène Royal, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France and Hakima El Haite, Minister of the Environment, Morocco!
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