As an observer organisation to the UNFCCC, the overall objective of Regions4 participation at UNFCCC COPs is to promote multilevel governance for increased ambition and effective action on climate adaptation through the key role of regional governments.

Regions4 brought forward innovative solutions that can be up-scaled, and presented the role Regions4 and its newly reinforced initiative, RegionsAdapt, can play in supporting regional governments in raising their ambitions on adaptation and resilience.

Regions4 has worked closely with the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities constituency to advocate for a multi-level action COP in which collaboration at all levels of government is recognised as the new normal and taken into account in the announced new ambitions. Through the Race to Resilience campaign, Regions4 will continue to provide further visibility to the actions of regions, as part of the non-actors’ community developing and accelerating actions towards resilience.

The content below presents the key messages and activities that Regions4 delivered at COP26 in Glasgow.

Message by Regions4 President

"Regions4 wishes to contribute to meeting the COP26 objectives by focusing on strengthening the capacity of regions to increase their ambitions on adaptation and resilience. The severity of climate change and its impacts are increasing the vulnerability of our territories by the minute; it is high time we put climate policy at the front of the political agenda."
Ms Arantxa Tapia Minister for Economic Development, Sustainability and Environment, Basque Country

Regions4 messages and resources for COP26

Raising ambitions on climate adaptation: lessons learnt and contributions of regional governments

Based on a review of 11 key best practices within the past 5 years, from Regions4 and RegionsAdapt members, this report for COP6 aims to show how regional governments have developed, implemented and raised the ambitions of their adaptation plans, and resilient climate actions, providing lessons learnt that can inform policymakers.

>> Read the report here


Regional governments’ call to action:
What ambition should look like at COP26

On the 30th of September, the governments of Lombardy and Scotland, with the support of Regions4, organised a key preparatory COP26 event on the subnational governments call for action for raising ambitions at COP26. During this event, a draft statement from regional governments towards COP26 was presented and shared with more than 14 regions present at the meeting, for their review and inputs.

>> Read the statement in English, Spanish and French.


COP26 Outcome Activity Report


>> Read the brief report here.

Main advocacy asks

Regions4 and RegionsAdapt main messages at COP26​:

  • 1. RAISING AMBITIONS ON ADAPTATION AND RESILIENCE: The reviewed NDCs and national adaptation plans must allow for more collaboration between actors and sectors, with joint, amplified, and measurable ambitions on adaptation.

  • 2. DRIVING SYSTEMS CHANGE TOWARDS MULTI-LEVEL GOVERNANCE: Multilevel collaboration should become the new normal in every country. Regional governments must be involved in the design, coordination, and implementation of NDCs and national adaptation plans (NAPs). Strengthened tools and mechanisms for collaboration between the regional and national levels are key.

  • 3. MOBILISING FINANCE TO REACH SUBNATIONAL GOVERNMENTS: By shifting the trillions needed to achieve the Paris Agreement with credible targets and plans for deploying capital to developing countries and at the regional and local levels.

  • 4. FACILITATE SYNERGIES ACROSS AGENDAS: Find common integrated solutions for the climate and biodiversity emergencies towards sustainable development that leaves no one behind.

Message by UN High-Level Climate Champion

"At COP26 regional governments will represent 50% of the population of half of the world, and their actions to bring climate adaptation to the same level of mitigation, to eventually achieve global resilience cannot be overlooked. Thanks to partners like Regions4 the word is getting out there for the Race to Resilience to achieve the goal to protect and empower 4 billion people from the most vulnerable communities to climate change by 2030. "
Mr Nigel Topping UN High-Level Champion for COP26 Co-leader of the Race To Zero & Race To Resilience campaigns

Pledge to the Race To Resilience

As the first global initiative to support the acceleration of adaptation by regional governments, RegionsAdapt has been working since its launch at COP21 to strengthen the voice and actions of regions worldwide. Working on adaptation through capacity building, knowledge exchange and cooperation, the initiative has reported annually over 50 plans and 230 adaptation actions.

RegionsAdapt is a unique platform that inspires and supports regional government in developing ambitious adaptation strategies, implementing concrete actions, and transparently reporting on their progress, while actively contributing to building resilience for regions’ most vulnerable communities with a multi-level governance approach. With 76 signatory members impacting 300 million citizens RegionsAdapt is mobilising ambition on adaptation worldwide.

As a proud partner of the Race To Resilience, and lead initiative for regions within the campaign, we pledge to:

When regional governments engage with the RegionsAdapt initiative, they demonstrate their leadership in becoming part of the global solution to tackle climate change and automatically become part of the Race to Resilience.

To join the RegionsAdapt community click here, to join the Race to Resilience campaign as a regional government and learn about the commitments click here.

To learn how we can support your government, read the RegionsAdapt Strategy 2021-22.


Media resources



Accelerating Adaptation: regional governments commitments and actions to raise climate ambitions at COP26

On 8 November, Regions4, the global voice of regional governments, organised a high-level event which included the best practices and commitments of regional leaders and global ambassadors; the launch of a brief report for COP26 on raising ambitions; and the presentation of a statement of regions in an open call for an effective multi-level partnership with the Parties to the UNFCCC to accelerate action on the global climate agenda.

Access the document in English, Spanish and French.



Regions4 High-Level Event at COP26
The Leading role of regions in raising ambitions for adaptation and resilience

Date: Monday, 8 November 2021, 2:00 pm – 3.30 pm GMT time
Venue: COP26 Blue Zone – Scottish Events Campus, Multi-level Action Pavilion, Hall 4C
Streaming: Registration and interpretation available here.

>> Access the document here in English, Spanish and French.



By Natalia Uribe, Regions4 Secretary General
COP26, an opportunity to make history for climate action

Publication date: Saturday, 6 November 2021

>> Access the article here



>> Acess our COP26 photo album here



>> Acces our case studies’ selection for COP26 here

Regions4 Community

Regional governments stand ready to meet the challenge and Regions4 will continue to catalyse this leadership for a sustainable, inclusive, and climate-resilient future. I warmly invite all regions to join us to collectively build a future which leaves no one behind. Natalia Uribe Secretary General, Regions4

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We welcome the participation of all regional governments at Regions4 activities at COP26.
Do not hesitate to contact us!

    Héloïse Chicou, responsible
    of this project:

    Héloïse Chicou

    Climate Action and Resilience Programme Manager