From November 7th to 18th 2016, the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is taking place in Marrakech, Morocco. This conference is happening one year after the Paris Agreement was adopted at COP21, and just a few days after it entered into force on November 4th. In Morocco, ICLEI is facilitating the engagement of local and subnational governments in the official UNFCCC process and also bringing technical expertise in a number of areas, including renewable energy, resilience and climate data management.
The Paris Agreement has provided a strong foundation for inclusive climate action. The COP22 is critical to ensure rapid action on mitigation, adaptation and resilience is taken by all actors.
ICLEI is on the ground at COP22 with a delegation of 25 local leaders, 17 local representatives and 15 executive and senior ICLEI staff, to position local and subnational governments to be active contributors in building the implementation architecture. As the focal point of Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency to the UNFCCC, ICLEI is facilitating the engagement of local and subnational governments in the official UNFCCC process to show how local and subnational governments are driving the global climate agenda through transformative and progressive local action.
Besides, ICLEI is also supporting the Marrakesh Climate Summit of Local and Regional Governments on November 14th by mobilizing speakers from local and regional governments. We are also coming to COP ready and willing to continue building partnerships across sectors by co-hosting events such as the COP22 Low-Emissions Solutions Conference (LESC) on November 14th to 16th, a solutions-oriented event that brings together national delegates, business, academia and cities.
Finally, ICLEI will host and support over 20 events and side-events that will pave a path for climate action in key thematic areas.