Cities and regions play a vital role in implementing climate action and in addressing the ambition and implementation gap to reach the Paris Agreement’s goals. In order to tap into their full climate potential, subnational governments need suitable framework conditions and enabling environments. Worldwide, national and state governments have primary authority over approximately one third of the total urban mitigation potential, local governments over almost a further one third, whereas the remaining third depends on collaborative action between national, regional and local governments.
At the International Conference for Climate Action (ICCA2019), national, regional and local governments agreed on the Partnership Declaration on Collaborative Climate Action. The Partnership Declaration brings together states, cities and regions, as well as their networks and relevant groups committed to achieving sustainable and climate-friendly growth and development and delivering a better quality of life for all, in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals and the targets set out in the Paris Agreement.
Endorsers of the declaration commit to priority actions as their respective constitutional circumstances, mandates and capabilities permit. This global partnership will accelerate and scale up climate action through enhanced communication, coordination and cooperation across all levels of government, sectors and borders.
To achieve this, the Partners will
- commit to prioritising the fostering of collaborative climate action across government levels within the respective jurisdiction;
- take stock of existing strategies and mechanisms for collaborative climate action in urban areas, disseminate insights and identify knowledge gaps;
- develop toolkits and guidelines, exchange good practices and experiences online and offline;
- foster peer-to-peer exchange and mutual learning in local and regional workshops;
- jointly advocate for Collaborative Climate Action to motivate potential partners to engage.