With the COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh (Egypt) only 100 days away, Regions4 and the Under2 Coalition have joined forces to voice regional aspirations and contributions in the countdown to this important event.
At COP27 attention will be focused not only on the targets being set to stabilize 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 Under2 Coalition and Regions4 are taking this moment to start their second chapter of the #WhatsAtState – an online communication campaign to elevate the voices of states and regions ahead of this crucial summit that was launched at COP26.
It also seeks to emphasize the importance of 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 COP27, we will be featuring our members across our website, social media platforms, and media. Stay tuned!
With the current global crises, national governments need to remain politically committed to the 1,5 degrees carbon transition, and transition towards clean or/and renewable energies and not fall back to carbon-prone fossil fuels energy sources.
The Paris Agreement was an excellent starting point but now governments need to demonstrate how – and when – they are planning to meet their targets and raise their ambitions, and how they will include and collaborate with state and 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 COP27 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 the 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, and 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 catalyzing 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