Climate change forum at Seoul calls for nations to raise their ambitions

Seoul Mayors forum on Climate Change was recently held in Seoul, Korea where 34 cities and local governments from all around the world invited to support the Paris Agreement that recognizes the significant contribution from cities and local governments in tackling climate change.

Six cities from South Asia attended the Forum that was held on September 1 and 2.

At the meet, people committed to actively engage in the implementation of the Paris Agreement which creates a new era of a universal, ambitious and inclusive action on climate change. Convinced that cities and local governments should have more specified and strengthened role in the global climate discussions in order to raise the level of ambition, they encouraged: - Parties to the Conference of Parties to promote the inclusion of cities and local governments in the process of establishing and achieving Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), through an improved coordination and collaboration between all levels of government; - The UNFCCC Secretariat to recognize the Compact of Mayors (The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, as the merger between the Compact of Mayors and the Covenant of Mayors, active as of 1 January 2017) as a key initiative that guides and supports local governments with technical assistance and collecting data which could connect the commitments of cities and local governments to their respective NDCs, and showcase all relevant commitments of local and subnational governments through the NAZCA Platform via the carbonn Climate Registry or other appropriate mechanisms; - Local governments around the world to commit to the Compact of Mayors and join other key thematic initiatives such as the 100% Renewable Energy Cities and Regions Network and the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement (GLCN) to access available support; - The global financial institutions to dramatically improve city access to climate finance, and to consider applications submitted under the Transformative Actions Program (TAP) as priority implementation projects, and; - HABITATIII negotiations to result in options that further enhance the engagement of the cities and local governments in the New Urban Agenda, in particular in the climate change and sustainable procurement and consumption processes. The Forum welcomed the decision of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for a more detailed and holistic approach to urban issues to be addressed in upcoming reports. It also invited further input from cities and local governments around the world to enhance their engagement in the UNFCCC activities through the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency.They encouraged all national governments, in particular those with high emissions from both developed and developing countries, to submit their ratification as early as possible to ensure that the Paris Agreement enters into force. The main aim of the Forum was to discuss these documents in-depth at the Habitat III conference, which will be held in Quito in October 2016, and consequently be shared as a message from cities and local governments at the COP22 to be held in November this year. Cities and Local Governments participating in the Seoul Mayors Forum on Climate Change 2016: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Ansan, Republic of Korea Aspen, USA Bontang, Indonesia Budapest, Hungary Cape Town, South Africa Catbalogan City, Philippines Fengxi New City, People’s Republic of China Galle, Sri Lanka Guangyuan City, People’s Republic of China Gui-an New Area, People’s Republic of China Guiyang City, People’s Republic of China Gumi, Republic of Korea Helsinki, Finland Inje, Republic of Korea Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei Kathmandu, Nepal Kyoto, Japan Legapzi City, Philippines Makati, Philippines Matale, Sri Lanka Montreal, Canada New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei Nilphamari, Bangladesh Quezon City, Philippines Quito, Ecuador Seoul, Republic of Korea Surabaya, Indonesia Suwon, Republic of Korea Taichung City, Chinese Taipei Thanbyuzayat, Myanmar Thimphu, Bhutan Tokyo, Japan Warsaw, Poland

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