At COP26 attention will be focused not only on the targets being set to stabilise global temperature rises – but on the actions being taken to achieve them.
Regional governments lead on climate policymaking and action against climate change as territories continue to face the impacts of this global emergency. Yet their presence in international decision-making fora continues to be insufficient.
The #WhatsAtState online campaign aims to showcase what regional governments and territories stand to lose if Parties fail to keep with the Paris Agreement targets. It also seeks to emphasize the importance on including regional governments in the global climate processes by highlighting some of the innovative initiatives taking place under the leadership of members of Regions4 and Under2 Coalition.
On the road to COP26 we will be featuring our members across our website, social media platforms and media. Stay tunned!
Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached the highest level in human history in May 2021.
At COP26 national governments must demonstrate how – and when – they are planning to meet the Paris Agreement targets, and how they will include and collaborate with regional governments.
Regional governments are crucial to international climate processes and multilevel governance must be the new normal and be supported to achieve common goals.
Climate finance must reach and be decentralized at the local and regional level, for both mitigation and adaptation in order to raise ambition and the impact of actions.
Under2 Coalition is a global community of state and regional governments committed to ambitious climate action in line with the Paris Agreement. The Under2 Coalition brings together 260 governments representing 1.75 billion people and 50% of the global economy.
Ahead of COP26 Under2 Coalition has called for all states and regions to adopt net zero emissions targets as a matter of urgency, and Regions4 continues to work with the RegionsAdapt community of 73 governments to establish sustainable and ambitious adaptation plans and resilient actions at subnational level.
Under2 Coalition and Regions4 initiative RegionsAdapt are official partners of the UN’s Race to Zero and Race to Resilience campaigns respectively, and the #WhatsAtState campaign is endorsed by the UN High-Level Climate Champions.
While the Race To Zero is rallying leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, investors for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth, the Race to Resilience is catalysing a step-change in global ambition for climate resilience, putting people and nature first in pursuit of a resilient world where we do not just survive climate shocks and stresses but thrive in spite of them.
More info at: https://www.theclimategroup.org/whats-at-state
"As a consequence of climate change, by 2050 in the Basque Country we will experiment a sea level rise of between 18 and 22 centimetres affecting ecosystems and municipalities located in the coastal zone. We will see changes in the rainfall patterns with less days with gentle rainfall, and more days of heavy rainfall. And we will endure rising temperatures of between 1.5 and 5 degrees. It is imperative for all levels of government to act now to avoid the upcoming impacts of climate change. We must raise the ambition on adaptation and meet the Paris Agreement targets to achieve truly resilient societies, economies and territories."
Ms Arantxa Tapia
Minister for Economic Development, Sustainability and Environment, Basque Country & Regions4 President