As national governments move towards the 2020 revision of the NDCs, the legacy of COP24 will drive ICLEI’s climate advocacy agenda for 2019. COP24 in Katowice gave us a detailed rulebook on implementing the Paris Agreement and concluded the year-long Talanoa Dialogue, bringing local and regional governments into the consultation process.
The Legacy of COP24
Three key decisions from COP24 directly affect the participation of local and regional governments in global climate negotiations. The first decision invited national governments to consider the outcome, inputs and outputs of the Talanoa Dialogue in preparing their nationally determined contributions. This includes a recognition of the Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues, presenting an opportunity to strengthen multilevel climate action as a mechanism for delivering the NDCs and raising ambition in 2020.
The second decision established climate finance and sustainable cities as the topic of the 2019 Forum for the UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance, placing cities front and center.
Finally, national governments were encouraged to foster public participation and collaborate with regional and local authorities to scale up the implementation of Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE).
During the annual gathering, more than 100 political and technical representatives of cities and regions and their networks participated, hosted or supported over 50 official and unofficial events.
The Road to COP25
By the end of 2020, we must see an increase in the number of NDCs that are developed with the engagement of all levels of governments. Multilevel climate action is the recipe to ensure a successful transformation to carbon-neutral and resilient human development before mid-century. In 2019, ICLEI, in the role of LGMA focal point, will approach local and regional governments and partners to explore active engagement for NDCs, starting with those who hosted Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues in 2018.
This is also a year for implementation of climate finance at the local level. With the focus on sustainable cities at the UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) 2019 Forum, all eyes will be on the confluence of these two highly influential advocacy topics. ICLEI will continue to call for mechanisms that enable and support successful resource mobilization while actively pursuing practical initiatives, like the Transformative Actions Program (TAP), that address the gap between projects and the funding they need.
Finally, ICLEI will deepen partnerships and continue to provide opportunities for local and regional governments to play a role in the consultations leading up to COP25. Working with leading alliances, such as the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM), Cities and Climate Finance Leadership Alliance, Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action, Global Climate Action Summit, and NDC Partnership, amongst others, ICLEI will continue to press for increased ambition by all actors in the climate space.