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Over 800 non-state actors to participate in World Summit Climate & Territories

On 1-2 July, ICLEI is joining over 800 non-state actors from civil society and local and subnational governments at the World Summit Climate & Territories. The Summit, organized by the Region Rhône-Alpes, will be held in Lyon, France, in what constitutes the biggest gathering of non-sate actors before the COP21 in Paris. French President François Hollande will speak at the event, along with Ségolène Royal (Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy) and Laurent Fabius (Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development).

Just six months before COP21, ICLEI is pleased to see that all the major groups of non-state actors (subnational and local governments, NGOs, business, trade unions, indigenous peoples, youth, women, and the scientific community) will meet at the World Summit Climate & Territories and crystallize one of the key objectives of the Nantes Declaration of Mayors and Subnational Leaders on Climate Change to commit to more dialogue within constituency and other major groups.

For 25 years, ICLEI has worked relentlessly to create a more active dialogue between major groups and to further stakeholders' engagement. From the Cities for Climate Protection campaign launched in 1993 to its role as focal point of the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities and founding partner of the Local Government Climate Roadmap, ICLEI has been successfully advocating for stakeholders engagement to enhance and scale-up non-state actors' climate action. In recent years, a major achievement was the consultation process between stakeholders that resulted in the definition of an Urban Sustainable Development Goal.

This achievement and ICLEI's long-standing experience in global climate advocacy motivates ICLEI to further engage in and look forward to the outcomes of the collaborative work of non-state stakeholders at the World Summit Climate & Territories.

“Everyone will be there because they know that we cannot afford to fail again in Paris,” said David Cadman, Special Representative of the ICLEI Presidency. “As subnational and local governments, we are saying: we want to begin implementing in 2015. We don’t want to wait until 2020. We want as much pressure as possible to be put in national governments for a substantial agreement that keeps us under 2°C. The world has got to wake up and come to an agreement in Paris, and that is what we’re going to be saying in Lyon.”

In addition to endorsing the outcome Declaration of the World Summit Climate & Territories, ICLEI will contribute to a number of plenary announcements, workshops and side-events including:

  • Adaptation Workshop, organized by ICLEI, ICC and the Green Cross on 1 July, 9.45-13.00
  • Mayors and city officials roundtable: "The Compact of Mayors: momentum to accelerate action & ambition”, organized by the UN's Secretary General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, C40, ICLEI, UCLG and UN-Habitat on 1 July, 10.00-12.00
  • Roundtable: "Concrete solutions for sustainable cities: stakeholders’ voices”, organized by the Caisse des Dépôts on 1 July, 10.00-13.00
  • Mobility and Transport Workshop: "Challenge of Modal Shift from private cars to alternative modes", organized by CODATU and FNE with the consultation of ICLEI on 2 July, 9.00-12.00
  • Plenary announcement on subnational stakeholders’ commitments, with Mayor Ferguson of Bristol presenting the carbonn Climate Registry, Vice Mayor Panwar of Shimla (India) presenting the Compact of Mayors, and David Cadman presenting ICLEI.

For more information, please consult the official Summit programme as well as the schedule of selected ICLEI events.

High-level and leadership representatives of ICLEI will be in attendance, including David Cadman, Special Representative ICLEI Presidency; Gustavo Petro, Mayor of Bogotá, (Colombia); Pam O’Connor, Vice Mayor of Santa Monica City (USA); Hilmy Mohamed, Mayor of Matale (Sri Lanka); and Diriba Kuma, Mayor of Addis Abeba (Ethiopia).

Staff present at the Summit include: Gino Van Begin, Secretary General; Yunus Arikan, Head of Global Advocacy; Maryke van Staden, Low Carbon Cities Program Manager; Soojin Choi, Liaison to Seoul Metropolitan Government; Agathe Cavicchioli, Junior Officer, Low Carbon Cities; and Itzel Obregon, Junior Officer, EcoMobility.