ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network working with more than 2,500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development.


ICLEI World Secretariat
Kaiser-Friedrich-Str. 7
53113 Bonn

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network working with more than 2,500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development.

ICLEI Regional Secretariats and country offices

18 December 2023

LGMA statement on COP28 Outcomes: Cities, regions and other subnationals praise unprecedented recognition and commitments


The Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency, representing cities, regions, and other subnationals within the global climate agenda, released a statement summarizing the outcomes of COP28. The statement hailed the unprecedented inclusion of local and subnational governments in the proceedings and outcomes and emphasized the critical role of multilevel action and cooperation in addressing the climate emergency.

ICLEI serves as the focal point of the LGMA to the UNFCCC.

“This COP28 is a milestone, a breakthrough for multilevel action! With the Coalition for High Ambition Multilevel Partnerships, over 70 parties are renewing their commitment to the vision of the Paris Agreement and their readiness for truly collaborative multilevel action. As we are starting the next phase of climate action by turning our commitments into action and results, ICLEI and Bonn are offering the well-established Daring Cities Forum, back to back to the June Climate Talks, to be used as a platform for concrete action and multilevel collaboration. Our commitment today will be turned into action along the way to Baku and Belém,” said Katja Dörner, Lord Mayor, Bonn, Germany, and ICLEI Global Executive Committee Member and Co-Chair of Climate Action and Low Emission Development Portfolio.

You can read the full statement here.

The most important outcome for the entire planet was the historic inclusion of transitioning away from fossil fuels in final COP28 outcomes, but the LGMA statement noted that we must go further and faster.

“Ending the era of fossil fuels is an absolute necessity – as our warming planet has no other emergency brakes. In Turku, we have already nearly completed our energy transition from fossils to renewables and are happy to support others in doing the same,” said Minna Arve, Mayor of Turku and Vice President of ICLEI Global Executive Committee.

This was an important year for cities and regions at COP. Noteworthy milestones include the COP28 Coalition for High Ambition Multilevel Partnership (CHAMP) for Climate Action signed by over 70 nations, the first-ever Local Climate Action Summit, the multilevel cooperation at the Ministerial Meeting on Urbanization and Climate Change, and nearly USD 500 million in climate finance for urban infrastructure.

In the Outcomes Statement, the LGMA detailed the wins and areas where the Constituency is ready to work with Parties and the UNFCCC going forward.

2023 wins:

  • Inclusion of multilevel action in Global Stocktake Outcomes.
  • Operationalization of the COP28 Loss and Damage Fund with direct access for subnationals
  • Recognizes and commends the leadership of the COP28 Presidency and High-Level Champion on the inclusion of local and other subnational governments at COP28.
  • Welcomes COP28 strengthened synergies on climate and nature.

Going forward the LGMA:

  • Supports CHAMP to be a part of the Roadmap to Mission1.5ºC as a method of including multilevel cooperation.
  • Commits to continue deeply including youth voices in the local stocktake process.
  • Welcomes the inclusion of cities and subnationals in the GGA, but wants targeted finance to enable enhanced action.
  • Supports the second Ministerial Meeting on Urbanization and Climate Change and urges UNFCCC to make this meeting a mandated Ministerial within the COP agenda.

In the statement, the LGMA expressed readiness to continue the work with national counterparts at COP29 in Azerbaijan and to contribute to more ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) at COP30.

ICLEI World Secretariat
European Secretariat
Leopoldring 3
79098 Freiburg, Germany
Brussels Office
Av. de Tervuren 35
1040 Bruxelles
Berlin Office
St. Oberholz ROS Team Room 4.02
Rosenthaler Str. 72a
10119 Berlin
Physical address:
Unit 1, 2nd Floor,
South Tower
Sable Park, 14 Bridge
Century City
Cape Town
South Africa
Tyger Valley, South Africa
ICLEI Africa Foundation
Ebène Junction, Quatre Bornes, Mauritius
North America
USA Office
536 Wynkoop St.
Suite 901
Denver, Colorado
USA 80202
Canada Office
401 Richmond St. W
Studio 204
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 3A8, Canada
British Columbia Office
Victoria City Hall
1 Centennial Square
BC V8W 1P6
Québec Office
Montréal City Hall
275 Notre-Dame St E
QC H2Y 1C6
Central America & the Caribbean
Mexico, Central American and Caribbean Secretariat
Eje Central Lazaro Cardenas 13
Building Miguel Abed, Floor 5 Of. 506 and 507,
Col. Centro, CP 06050 Del.
Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, Mexico
South America
South American Secretariat
Rua Marquês de Itu 70, 14° andar.
São Paulo, SP, Brasil
CEP 01223-000
Colombia Office
Carrera 53 N° 40A - 31,
Medellín, Antioquia – Colombia
Argentina Office
Boulevard Gálvez, 1150 Planta Alta.
Rosário, Santa Fé, Argentina
South Asia
South Asia Secretariat
c, 3, Green Park Extension Road, Block B, Green Park Extension, Green Park, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Southern Center
Door No. 6-3-596/47/2
Sri Venkata Ramana Colony
Hyderabad 500 004
Andhra Pradesh
East Asia
East Asia Secretariat
14/F, Seoul Global Center Building, 38 Jongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea (110-110)
Japan Office
1-14-2 Nishi-Shimbashi,
Tokyo, Japan 105-0003
Kaohsiung Capacity Center
4F. No.436, Daye N. Rd.
Xiaogang Dist.
Kaohsiung City 812
Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Korea Office
217-59 Kintex-ro, Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do 10390, Republic of Korea
Beijing Office
B1010 Xiaoyun Center, No. 15
Beijing 100125,
Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia Secretariat
c/o The Manila Observatory Ateneo de Manila University Campus Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1101 Manila, Philippines
ICLEI Indonesia Project Office
Jl. Karbela Sel. No.46, RT.2/RW.4, Kuningan, Karet, South Jakarta City, Jakarta 12940, Indonesia
Oceania Secretariat
l8/225 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia