UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, meets subnational governments during COP21

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Alongside the Climate Change for Local Leaders, hosted by Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of the City of Paris and Michael R. Bloomberg, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, a group of regions had the opportunity to share views and ideas with UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon.

Organized by The Climate Group States and Regions Alliance, the meeting had the participation of nrg4SD members as São Paulo, Sud Comoé, Quebec, Rio de Janeiro, Tombouctou and Rhone-Alpes. Premier Weatherill, of South Australia facilitated the meeting which emphasized the willingness of regional governments to collaborate with the UN and Member-States towards a low-carbon development path, strengthening the global response to climate change.

Regions at the forefront of climate change play a fundamental role to raise the global level of ambition to reduce GHG emissions and tackle the effects of a changing environment. Secretary Patricia Iglecias, from the State of São Paulo, presented the importance of collaborating with the private sector, and also of publicly reporting on the progress of climate actions through the Compact of States&Regions.

Premier Weatherill and Secretary Correa, from Rio de Janeiro State, highlighted the importance of the recently launched initiative RegionsAdapt. Considering many present and future unavoidable consequences of climate change, it will be crucial these territories develop, support and implement long-term strategies on adaptation. Based on that, leaders asked for further support from the UN system to carry on actions on the ground and Secretary General replied: “Today, the Compact is launching a new global initiative called RegionsAdapt in which its members commit to develop climate adaptation plans and report on their progress”.

President Ibrahim Cisse, from the government of Tombouctou, called upon the empowerment of local communities to ensure participatory action, taking into consideration the needs and specific context of each territory.

UN Secretary General thanked all the leaders for the discussion and promised to take all requests into consideration. Ban Ki-Moon recognized the key role played by regions and the relevance of bringing them on board to achieve the transformative change the world need.

Read more at UN News at: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=52731#.VmNnAcqWGDS
Check Secretary-General’s opening remarks: http://www.un.org/sg/statements/index.asp?nid=9309

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