Madrid, Spain


02 – 13 December 2019

UN Climate Change Conference

NDCs and the Climate Emergency of Cities – Collaborative Climate Action to Ratchet-up Ambition and Capture Urban Opportunities

The UN Climate Change Conference COP 25 (2 – 13 December 2019) will take place under the Presidency of the Government of Chile and will be held with logistical support from the Government of Spain. SBSTA 51/ SBI 51 will take place 2-9 December 2019. The pre-sessional period is from 25 November – 1 December 2019. The President-Designate for the conference is Ms. Carolina Schmidt Zaldivar, Minister of Environment of Chile.

The conference is designed to take the next crucial steps in the UN climate change process. Following agreement on the implementation guidelines of the Paris Agreement at COP24 in Poland last year, a key objective is to complete several matters with respect to the full operationalization of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

Collaborative urban climate policies are essential to deliver commitments and raise the ambitions of NDCs to reach the long term climate-neutrality goal of the Paris Agreement. At COP25 in Madrid a joint side event by ICLEI and GIZ will feature Mr. Karsten Sach, Director General of the German Ministry of Environment (BMU), as the key note speaker.