Countdown to Climate Chance 2017 in Agadir

The second edition of the Climate Chance Summit in Agadir is only a few days away and it promises to be a similar success as the first edition last year in Nantes. The Summit, taking place from 11 to 13 September, hosted by the Souss Massa Regional Council together with the Climate Chance Association, is a major event for non-State climate actors coming together with the aim of fighting climate change and its impacts. Around 2500 participants with more than 80 nationalities are taking part in the Summit: Local and regional authorities, businesses, associations, trade unions, NGOs, the scientific community, donors and citizens are going to attend around 120 sessions in total and discuss about the role of non-State actors in climate action, as well as challenges and solutions to climate change.

Participants will be joined by key personalities, like the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, Patricia Espinosa, the President of COP 22, Salaheddine Mezouar, the High-Level Climate Champion, Hakima El Haité, and many more.

A particular focus this year will be given to the African context. While African countries’ greenhouse gas emissions are almost negligible compared to the total amount of emissions, Africa is one of the most vulnerable regions in the world to the impacts of climate change.

In response to the joint initiative of several US States “We Are Still In”, African local and regional leaders supported by representatives of major global networks will speak up and confirm their commitments in a joint declaration. The “Declaration of local and regional Leaders of Africa” will be launched in a special plenary session on Tuesday, 12 September from 5pm to 6m. Around 50 elected leaders will sign the declaration, including Mr Pierre Adechi, representing the Communauté des Communes du Plateau and nrg4SD in this special session. The event will be part of the second day of the Summit, dedicated to multi-level governance and local and regional non-State actors. A plenary session will discuss the challenges of African Cities with regards to climate change. Academics specialising in African cities and climate, African local leaders, NGOs active on the continent and private sector representatives will discuss how strategies can be developed that increase adaptive capacity and at the same time reduce emissions, as well as how to balance immediate development priorities and long-term needs for climate resilience. Furthermore, there will be several other relevant sessions and forums, amongst others on the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance initiative (CCFLA), the Forum of the Multi-stakeholder and Multi-level Governance-Coalition, as well as a signing ceremony of the Under2 MOU for African representatives.

In addition to the plenary sessions, the focus sessions and the forums, there will be a number of workshops taking place on different topics. nrg4SD, in partnership with CDP, is organising the workshop “Implementing the goals of the Paris Agreement – the key role of local and subnational actors and the value of disclosure”, taking place on Wednesday 13 September from 9:00am to 10:30am. The workshop aims to discuss the role of non-state actors in driving climate action and how climate data is vital to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement. It will illustrate the challenges of climate change in cities and regions with a special focus on the African context and present their efforts and successes of mitigation and adaptation actions. The workshop will further discuss experiences with international networks and cooperation to foster climate action and increase ambition and the importance of disclosure in this regard.

Moreover, the programme of the Climate Chance Summit will cover the topics of the thematic coalitions supported by the Climate Chance Association. These 17 thematic coalitions will host different Forums dedicated to the respective coalition’s topic. As co-leaders of the Coalition on Territorial Planning, nrg4SD together with FNAU, the French Urban Planning Agencies Network, is hosting the Forum on Territorial Planning on Wednesday, 13 September from 10:30am to 12:30pm on this topic. In different working groups participants will discuss the links between planning and mobility, as well as between planning and energy, innovative financing concepts in planning and the power of networks in territorial planning. The forum will welcome representatives from local and regional governments, stakeholders from the mobility and energy sectors, experts in the respective fields, as well as other interested stakeholders.

The 2017 Climate Chance Summit will end with a closing plenary and the adoption of the “Agadir Declaration of non-State actors”. Through this declaration the community of non-State actors will confirm their commitment to the fight against climate change and its impacts, and will set out how to increase action at all levels and in all sectors.

For all information on the Summit, as well as registration which is still open and free but compulsory, please visit: http://climatechance-2017.com/en/.

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