May 13

Interconnections between the 2030 Agenda and Paris Climate Agreement

  • Bonn Germany

The adoption of the 2030 Agenda (including 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the Financing for Development Process) and the Paris Climate Agreement offers a unique opportunity to move towards more integrated and balanced development. The strategic engagement of state and non-state actors and cooperative initiatives can create synergies between multiple political processes that address climate change and sustainable development.

We invite abstracts (max. 250 words) for research papers as well as discussion and briefing papers that address one or more of the above questions. Abstracts can be send to friederike.eichhorn[at] by 11 February. Notification of acceptance will be given by 1 March, full research, discussion, and briefing papers are due by 1 May 2017.

Read more here.

8:30 am08:30

Advancing Global Climate Action to 2018

  • Marrakech Morocco

MARRAKECH, MOROCCO | 8:30 - 10:30 AM, NOV 18, 2016


Discuss how to maintain momentum immediately following COP22, what action party and non-party stakeholders are taking, and how to collaborate. Discuss 2018, the time-frame leading up to it, and the specific pillars, recognizing the role of non-state actors in driving ambition. 

8:30 am08:30

Tracking and Aggregating Non-state and Subnational Climate Action Toward 2018

  • Marrakech Morocco

MARRAKECH, MOROCCO | 8:30 - 11:00 AM, NOV 16, 2016


his working session will provide an informal forum for data providers, analysts, and researchers to discuss opportunities to work together to harmonize and aggregate data on sub-national and non-state climate action. In particular, the meeting will discuss the creation and structure of a working group focused on collaboratively developing a framework to harmonize data collection and analysis methods. The meeting will also address opportunities to communicate the impact of sub-national and non-state climate action around the 2018 Facilitative Dialogue and the accompanying Climate Action Summit. 

6:00 pm18:00

Accelerating Climate Action at Regional Level: Strategies for Reducing Geographic Imbalances

  • Marrakech Morocco

MARRAKECH, MOROCCO | 6:00 - 8:00 PM, NOV 15, 2016


Reducing geographic imbalances has been recognized as a key priority in the Action Agenda, but few spaces have been promoted to debate the issue and promote solutions.

At COP22, Galvanizing the Groundswell for Climate Action (GGCA) and Fundación Avina invite you for a workshop on regional approaches to accelerate non-party climate action. The workshop will pursue the following aims:

  1. Identify the key challenges to reduce geographic imbalances in the action agenda.
  2. Share initiatives that are being developed with a regional approach to climate action.
  3. Explore and  develop a roadmap to continue the work on regional approaches to climate action.
11:30 am11:30

Linking (I)NDCs and the Global Climate Action Agenda: realizing synergies

  • Marrakech Morocco

MARRAKECH, MOROCCO | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, NOV 10, 2016


This side event examines ambitions and priorities and of (I)NDCs, presenting the NDC Content Explorer. It then discusses how the Global Climate Action Agenda and non-state climate actions address NDC content, and whether this Agenda and NDC processes can be aligned to raise countries’ ambitions. 

5:30 pm17:30

Consultation on Ways Forward for Global Climate Action

  • Marrakech Morocco

MARRAKECH, MOROCCO | 18:30 - 21:00 PM, NOV 9, 2016


The Climate Champions (Excellencies Hakima El-Haite and Laurence Tubiana) have released a set of recommendations, “Global Climate Action: High-Level Champions’ Reflections on the Way Forward.” The document seeks to further elaborate a set of procedures and processes to accelerate and scale up the Global Climate Action Agenda. Participants in this consultation will strategically coordinate next steps and efforts to support the Champions’ work.

1:00 pm13:00

Preparatory Workshop for Alliances and Coalitions Global Forum

  • Rabat

RABAT, MOROCCO | 1:00 - 4:30 PM, JUNE 22, 2016


The objective of the workshop was to engage in a preparatory dialogue on cross cutting issues of the global climate Action Agenda in order to make the discussions during the first meeting of the Alliances and Coalitions Global Forum as successful as possible. The workshop focused on themes that complement and support the discussions taking place at the Forum. The primary emphasis was on defining criteria or characteristics that successful initiatives share, and how such criteria might be used in the various are of the Action Agenda, including the COP High-level Event, NAZCA, etc. 

In this context, the discussion introduced some concepts regarding institutional arrangements for the Action Agenda, including: (a) the ways in which initiatives, non-Party stakeholders, and other actors can play an effective role in supporting the strategic direction and workings of the Action Agenda; and (b) the practical staffing and resource requirements required to support effective climate action through the Action Agenda. Finally, the workshop considered tracking of the delivery of pledges from non-Party stakeholders and initiatives.

9:00 am09:00

Working Session: Next Steps for the Action Agenda

  • Bonn

BONN, GERMANY | MAY 24, 2016


On the margins of the Bonn Climate Change Conference, Galvanizing the Groundswell of Climate Actions convened a working session to bring together stakeholders involved in shaping the emerging global climate Action Agenda. Hosted by the German Development Institute, and with the support of the Natural Resources Defense Council and WWF, as well as other partners, the working session provided an informal forum for participants to concretize views and build consensus on the roadmap for the Action Agenda toward COP22 and beyond. Participants discussed, in full and breakout groups, the overarching strategic objectives of the Action Agenda, an effective division of labor and possible additions to the ecosystem, defining criteria or characteristics for initiatives, and Party support for the Action Agenda.

For further information, please see the event summary.

9:00 am09:00

Working Session: Aggregating and Tracking Non-State Climate Action

  • Bonn

BONN, GERMANY | MAY 20, 2016


On May 20, 2016 on the margins of the Bonn climate meetings, Galvanizing the Groundswell of Climate Actions convened a working session to bring together stakeholders collecting data on the groundswell of climate action from non-party actors as well as analysts studying the phenomeon. The working session provided an informal forum for participants to discuss the challenge of aggregating and tracking non-state climate action. Participants shared their organisations’ current and future plans regarding tracking and aggregating climate action, discussed priorities moving forward, and outlined concrete next steps. 

For more information, please see the event summary.

Apr 24

Roundtable: Implementing the Action Agenda in 2016

  • United Nations Foundation

New York, NY | 10:00 - 1:00 PM, April 23, 2016


Galvanizing the Groundswell of Climate Actions will convene a roundtable to bring together the key networks, initiatives, and stakeholders driving climate action in cities, regions, companies, and elsewhere. Hosted by the United Nations Foundation, the roundtable aims to build on the successful outcome at COP21 and the additional steps being taken in 2016 to shape the ongoing Action Agenda. Participants will delve more deeply into the substance of delivering the Action Agenda in 2016 and beyond, identify and prioritize remaining gaps, and coordinate strategies.

For further information, please see the event summary

Galvanizing the Post-2015  Groundswell of Climate Actions Workshop
12:30 pm12:30

Galvanizing the Post-2015 Groundswell of Climate Actions Workshop

  • Paris

Paris, France | 12:30 - 5:30 PM, December 7, 2015


From the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit to COP20 in Lima and now Paris— a groundswell of cities, regions, companies, civil society groups, and many others have stepped up to act on climate change. President Humala of Peru has called this“the greatest alliance the world has ever seen” to combat climate change and in acknoledgement of the extraordinary mobilization of climate action at all levels of society

8:30 am08:30

SWITCH-Asia Programme India Networking Event

  • New Delhi, DL, 110001 India

Delhi, India | 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM, November 5, 2015


Agenda for Climate Change Session

Co-hosted by the German Development Institute/Deutsche Institut für Entwicklungspolitik(DIE), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Galvanizing the Groundswell of Climate Actions

As governments negotiate a new climate agreement in Paris later this year, a multitude of actions are being taken by non-state and subnational actors, such as cities, regions, businesses civil society and investors to bring about resilient development and a transformation towards a low-carbon economy. Yet, most non-state and subnational actions seen to be led by organizations and groups based in the global North. This session demonstrates that many climate actions, in fact, emerge in the global South, and discusses opportunities and challenges for these actions to contribute to climate resilient and low-carbon development.

4:00 pm16:00

Delivering together on the sustainable development and climate action agendas

New York, USA | 4:00 - 7:00 PM, September 26, 2015

There will be no solution to climate change without sustainable development, and no sustainable development without climate action. But how can we ensure that the global response to these challenges is as integrated as the problems themselves?

This event will focus on one crucial response to that question: the groundswell of climate and sustainable development actions being taken around the world by cities, regions, companies, civil society groups, and many others. Working individually and in partnership, often with national governments and international organizations, this groundswell of action is already bringing the climate change and sustainable development agendas together in concrete actions.

For more information, please see the Concept Note and Agenda.

1:30 pm13:30

Bonn groundswell dialogue at the climate action fair

Bonn, Germany | 1:30 - 2:45 PM, June 6, 2015

A central part of the UNFCCC's official ‘Climate Action Fair’ program, this session aimed to raise the profile of the groundswell of climate actions to a broader audience, explaining how the groundswell supports countries and enhances success at the Paris Conference of the Parties and beyond.

6:15 pm18:15

Galvanizing the groundswell networking event

Bonn, Germany | 6:15 PM, June 5, 2015

On 5 June 2015, the UNFCCC Secretariat in collaboration with the German Development Institute/ Deutsches Institut fur Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and Galvanizing the Groundswell of Climate Actions jointly hosted a networking reception at the UNFCCC Climate Change Conference with the theme "Galvanizing a groundswell movement for transformational solutions toward a low-carbon and climate resilient future".

12:30 pm12:30

Catalyzing climate action for resilient development

Bonn, Germany | June 5, 2015

Given the fact that most non-state climate actions are northern-led, although needs are greatest in developing countries, this event addressed the question of how non-state and subnational climate action could be catalyzed in developing countries. Moreover, we explored how governments, UNFCCC secretariat, and other organizations could ensure more effective non-state action in developing countries.

Apr 17

Understanding and communicating the groundswell of climate actions

New York City, USA | April 16-17, 2015

How can we understand and evaluate this groundswell of actions? Expectations are building towards the upcoming Paris talks, with hopes that these new actions and initiatives will strengthen efforts to reach existing climate goals and raise overall ambition of the global community’s response to climate change post-2020. However, there are many questions regarding the evaluation of these actions by non-state.

Feb 7

Workshop: NAZCA platform consultation

Geneva, Switzerland | February 6-7, 2015

The creation of NAZCA Platform signaled the solidification of the essential role of non-state and sub-national actors alongside nation states. This workshop met to discuss and produce a series of recommendations on the development and guiding principles of NAZCA. The recommendations focused on. 

12:00 pm12:00

Catalyzing climate action at all levels

Lima, Peru | December 8, 2014

The groundswell of climate actions at every level was celebrated at numerous events in Lima, including a special Lima Climate Action High Level meeting, at which the UNFCCC secretariat and Peruvian government launched the Non-state Actor Zone for Climate Action (NAZCA) platform. This workshop hosted by Galvanizing the Groundswell of Climate Actions discussed how we can maximize the potential of this opportunity.

Jul 25

Designing a global platform for climate actions

Oxford, UK | July 24 - 25, 2014

The aim of this workshop was to kickstart a design of a global platform of the actions and commitments that cities, companies, civil society groups, and other sub- and non-state actors are taking to mitigate climate change. Various governments and civil society groups have called for such a registry in the context of the United Nations climate negotiations as a way to galvanize climate action alongside a multilateral treaty.