Since 2002, Regions4 has elevated the voice of regional governments and represented them in climate fora, primarily the UNFCCC Conferences. Regions4:

  • Promotes activities to develop joint positions by its members.
  • Advocates for greater recognition and consideration as governmental actors in the conventions and documents adopted.
  • Provides opportunities for members to showcase best practices in side events and specific platforms.
  • Promotes cutting-edge initiatives, such as the RegionsAdapt.
  • Supports the elaboration and implementation of members’ projects.

Thanks to our collective work, today the UNFCCC recognises the relevance of subnational governments in ensuring the effective implementation of international agreements and decisions: from COP16 (2010) with the recognition of the need to engage local and subnational governments as key governmental stakeholders in the climate process, to COP21 (2015) when the Paris Agreement affirmed the importance of cooperation with cities and regional governments in achieving global targets.


  • RegionsAdapt

    More than 70 regions committed to adapting their territories to climate change.

  • UNFCCC Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action

    Regions4 acts as the co-focal point of the human settlements group.

  • Talanoa Dialogue

    More than 50 Cities and Regions Dialogues were held in 37 countries in 2018 contributing to the UNFCCC process.

  • Contributions to decision-making

    A number of statements and interventions have been delivered to feed into global decision-making processes.