More ambitious climate action can only be achieved through collaboration with and support of local and regional governments. For this reason, Regions4 is actively engaged and contributing to different processes on the road to CoP 26 in Glasgow in 2021.

As a member of the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency, Regions4 supports the “Multilevel Action COP 26” Roadmap “, which identifies 6 key priorities:

  1. Raise the climate ambition of local and regional governments
  2. Ensure NDC vertical integration and transparency
  3. Localize climate finance
  4. Take a balanced approach to mitigation and adaptation
  5. Link climate to circular economy and nature
  6. Amplify global climate action

Regions4 has equally joined the new working group ‘LGMA COP26 Roadmap’, created in April to facilitate more coordinated action so that all priority areas can be delivered until COP26. Through its flagship initiative RegionsAdapt, Regions4 will especially contribute to building ambition in terms of adaptation, strengthening political engagement at different levels, and delivering concrete actions (priority 4).

In this framework, the LGMA Towards COP26 webinar on 15 April 2020 presented the new UNFCCC organizational structure, discussed the 2nd NDCs, and the responses of local and regional governments towards COVID-19 with a specific focus on climate and resilience.
You can watch here the recording and access here the presentation.

Regions4 is equally contributing to the Marrakech Partnership, including as co-lead of the Human Settlements Group. Under the leadership of the High-Level Climate Champions, the  Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action supports the implementation of the Paris Agreement by enabling collaboration between governments and the cities, regions, businesses, and investors that must act on climate change. On 13 May, the webinar “Accelerating Ambitious Climate Action in the post-pandemic world” counted with the participation of COP26 High-Level Champions Nigel Topping and COP25 High-Level Champion Gonzalo Munoz. The recording is available here and the speaker’s presentation here. The Champions are conducting a process this year to receive feedback on how to improve the Marrakech Partnership for enhancing ambition until 31 July 2020.

Latest updates

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UNFCCC Bureau decided to postpone COP26 and after a wide consultation process, the UK Presidency is proposing to hold COP26 on 1-12 November 2021. Please read the 5-page note addressed to the UNFCCC Focal Points from the UK Presidency informing of this proposal and an overview of the Roadmap to COP26.

Further information

Regional and subnational governments willing to join RegionsAdapt can do it by clicking here.

To learn about our latest report on Climate Change Adaptation in a Multi-level Governance Context: A Perspective from Subnational Governments and other resources on regional climate adaptation, please visit our Knowledge Hub.