Accelerating Non-Party Climate Action at the Regional Level: Strategies to Reduce Geographic Imbalances

On November 15, 2016 on the margins of COP22, Fundación Avina and Galvanizing the Groundswell of Climate Actions (GGCA) convened a discussion on promoting climate action at the regional level. The session provided an informal forum for participants to share thoughts and discuss priorities for promoting regional climate action and other strategies for addressing geographic imbalances in the climate action agenda. This short summary synthesizes the discussion, which was conducted under the Chatham House rule, from the perspective of GGCA.

Participants identified a number of concrete next steps:

1. Galvanizing the Groundswell of Climate Actions will continue to convene discussions on how climate action in developing countries can reach a higher level of scale and ambition. All partners and entities working toward this goal are invited to collaborate.

2. The German Development Institute will host a conference at this topic during the intersessional meeting of the UNFCCC in Bonn in May 2017.

3. Members of the climate action community will identify individuals in key countries who can serve as local climate champions to accelerate climate action in regional contexts.

4. Take advantage of NAZCA to connect potential action partners, particularly those who would not normally communicate.

5. Produce a quick list of resources or “best practices” for emerging climate initiatives in developing countries. This could be built out into a central platform that provides context specific information and guides to connect initiatives with regional partners, networks, and resources

6. Encourage Parties to reach out to all areas of society during NDC revision and formulation.

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