COP23: Local and regional governments always at the forefront of climate action


The COP 23, organized under the presidency of the Fiji Islands, will be hosted by the government of Germany and the City of Bonn from 6 to 17 November 2017. Our activity in Bonn will showcase the enormous potential of our constituency for implementing practical solutions that can effectively mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Local and regional government delegations will follow daily discussions. The Local Governments and Municipal Authorities Major Group (LGMA) is actively engaged in this COP, taking part in the following events.


Last year, the Marrakech Partnership was adopted at the COP 22 in Morocco. It gave Non-State Parties a prominent role, highlighting the impact of their actions and the need to support them in continued actions.
In the follow-up, for the COP23, Local and Regional Governments will be mobilized for the Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders on the 12th of November.
A number of thematic days will be held during the first week, as well as high-level roundtables on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 for Non-State Parties (UN, ONG, LRGs, and Business). 


Mark these dates in your calendar!


 10- 11 November: THEMATIC DAYS
Sessions focusing on Forest, Energy, Water, Ocean, Agriculture and human settlements will be held on 10 and 11 November in the Bonn Zone.
Human Settlement Day 

The local and regional government constituency and its partners are leading the organization of Human Settlement Day on the 11 of November, from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm. 
The same day, UCLG and CEMR are holding on behalf of the Global taskforce a side-event on” Local and Regional Governments at the heart of new Partnerships for Global Goals achievement” at the Cities and Regions Pavilion from 1.30 to 3.00 pm (tbc) 

The Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders will take place in the Bonn Zone. The number of registrations to date already exceeds the capacity of the venue (500). Political representatives will have priority access. An overflow room will be available for another 300 participants.   

The Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders will revolve around four key themes:

  • Session 1 - New global frameworks, new models for action: Integrating climate and sustainability across all sectors
  • Session 2 - Collaborative climate action: Forging ahead through community and private sector engagement
  • Session 3 - Joining forces for action in climate vulnerable regions
  • Session 4 - Raising the bar through coordinated action across all levels of 


- High Level Roundtable on SDG11/Climate Action Nexus (Bonn zone)
The local and regional government constituency is co-organizing the opening plenary session of the High Level Round table on SDG11 taking place on Monday 13.
- High Level Roundtable on Finance 
(Bonn Zone)
The local and regional government constituency is co-organizing this proposal aiming to ensure that the localization of financing gets appropriate visibility.

The Cities & Regions Pavilion is located in the COP23 Bonn Zone, at the entrance of the Exhibition Center and directly across from the press and media center.
Please note that the Bonn Zone is not open to the public and access is subject to accreditation. (see below) 
The Cities & Regions Pavilion is the home base for local and regional governments, offering a space for meetings, briefings, networking and partnership building throughout the full two weeks of the UNFCCC COP23.
The Cities & Regions Pavilion is organized in a special partnership with the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).
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