Climate-KIC represented at the World Summit Climate & Territories

Climate-KIC Directors Aled Thomas and Thanh-Tâm Lê have participated in the World Summit Climate & Territories conference held in Lyon, France this week. 

The Summit is the principal gathering of sub-national and local governments and other non-State actors in the lead up to COP21 in Paris. Subnational and local governments are at the forefront of climate action: they are taking action to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the impacts of climate disruption. Their contribution will be key to the success of the Paris conference in December.

Compact of Regions

Climate-KIC partner, The Climate Group, presented a Compact of States and Regions at the Summit today, which was part-funded by Climate-KIC. The Compact of States and Regions is the global reporting mechanism that allows governments to grow long-term ambition and accurately record their climate commitments and achievements. 

So far, 20 governments across 4 continents have reported to the Compact. Together these governments represent around 10% of the global economy and 5% of global emissions. 

A total of 43 emission reduction targets have been reported, illustrating that many state and regional governments are already reducing emissions significantly and thus showing the ambition needed to limit global warming below 2 degrees Celsius. 

The Compact of States and Regions invites all state and regional governments around the world to submit their climate data by 31 July 2015 to be part of the disclosure report ahead of COP21. 

World Summit Climate & Territories

Six months before COP21, the World Summit Climate & Territories is an unique opportunity for all the major groups of non-state actors (subnational and local governments, NGOs, business, workers and trade unions, youth, women, scientists) to make their voices heard, highlight the importance of a territorial perspective on climate.

In Lyon, they will present their concrete commitments and specific proposals to the negotiating States who are expected to agree on a new bold and universal climate deal in Paris in December to improve the world heritage.

Organised by the major global networks of subnational and local governments and hosted by Rhône-Alpes Region on 1-2 July in Lyon, the Summit is presented under the High Patronage of the President of the French Republic. The event is labelled COP21 and it is organised in collaboration with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).