Influential non-state actors to convene at The World Summit Climate & Territories

Beth Woodthorpe-Evans
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8 June 2015

LONDON: Some of the most influential non-state actors are to gather for The World Summit Climate & Territories, continuing the momentum and pressure on national governments to raise ambition and highlight the importance of a territorial approach to climate.

The Summit will take place from July 1 – 2 in Lyon, France and will be the principal event of subnational and local governments and other non-state actors before COP21 in Paris at the end of the year.

Bernard Soulage, Vice-President of Région Rhône-Alpes and co-organizer of the event, explained, “The Lyon Summit is being held with the UNFCCC Presidency a few months before COP21 to create a place where all non-state actors could be present for submitting their commitments, proposals ahead of COP21.”

Speaking at a World Summit Climate & Territories press conference in Bonn, Germany, during the UNFCCC inter-sessional today, Nick Nuttall, Coordinator of Communications and Outreach to the UNFCCC, said, “We are no longer in the Copenhagen moments where the value proposition was sacrifice. The value proposition now is the sacrifice you will make if you don’t act.

Nuttall spoke on the motivating efforts of non-state actors, with over 2700 actions now reported on the NAZCA portal, stating - “courage, empowerment and strength that non-state actors are giving to governments will ensure we will get agreement in Paris, edging us closer to climate neutrality.”

The Climate Group States & Regions Alliance will be present at the summit, bringing forward the first round of data from the pioneering Compact of States and Regions, helping to grow momentum towards a low carbon, climate resilient future. So far, a group of 18 governments from 10 countries that together represent a GDP of US$7 trillion, have publicly submitted their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and inventory data to the Compact.

A number of prominent leaders will speak at the Summit, highlighting those subnational and local governments taking bold action in reducing their GHG emissions and instituting adaptation measures.

Under the High Patronage of the President of the French Republic, François Hollande will participate and address the summit as keynote speaker. Other speakers also include Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC; Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and President of COP21; Maroš Šefcovic, Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union; and Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, amongst a number of others. A full list of speakers is available on the World Summit Climate & Territories website.

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