Under2 Coalition leaders issue statement ahead of the G20 Summit

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4 July 2017

The Governors, Ministers and Premiers of Baden-Württemberg, California, South Australia and Catalonia - all members of the Under2 Coalition, the global pact of states, regions, cities and countries committed to limiting global warming - have issued the following statement ahead of the G20 Germany 2017 in Hamburg.

As members of the Under2 Coalition, we welcome that international cooperation on climate change is at the forefront of the agenda of this week’s G20 summit.

We urge the G20 to reaffirm its support for implementation of the Paris Agreement and further action on climate change. The Paris Agreement includes nearly every country in the world and it is essential that international backing for it continues.  At a time when action on climate change must be strengthened, we believe it is critical not to compromise on this commitment, even if it requires a statement from less than the full G20.

We also call upon the G20 to recognize the role of sub-national governments, states, regions, cities, in leading and delivering on climate action.

Our regions control, run, regulate and influence policies, markets and on-the ground action essential to delivering on climate action. Our varying roles across the world include overseeing energy generation and markets, running transport systems and controlling the building codes required to decarbonize our economy. We work to align investment, innovation and economic development with climate action to ensure it creates jobs and prosperity for all. We also are at the forefront of dealing with the consequences of global warming.

As international climate action moves from the phase of agreeing to one of delivering, it is essential that our global leadership bodies recognize the crucial role of the sub-national governments who will make it happen.

Winfried Kretschmann, Minister-President, Baden-Württemberg, said: “Baden-Württemberg stands ready to support an ambitious approach on climate action and I hope that the heads of state make a strong statement on the importance of global climate action.

“The Paris Agreement is crucial as it aims at keeping a global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius. This is the boundary between a kind of climate change that we can adapt to and a kind of climate change that would change the conditions on our planet fundamentally.”

Edmund G. Brown, Governor of California, said: “All over the world, momentum is building to deal seriously with climate change. Despite rejection in Washington, California is all in. We are fully committed to the Under2 Coalition and the Paris Agreement.”

Carles Puigdemont, President of Catalonia, said: “Climate change has an impact on our collective well-being. The effects of global warming are all intricately interconnected and affect different parts of society and different areas of the country in different ways. We need to prevent the appearance of new forms of inequality and poverty that may result from changes, for example, in access to water, in ecosystems, infrastructures, health, migration, and so on. At the same time, we need to guarantee the continued functioning of our economy under new climatic and environmental conditions.”

Jay Weatherill, Premier of South Australia, said: “Tackling climate change creates great opportunities for those of us taking early action. More and more states and regions, like South Australia, are taking strong action to simultaneously tackle climate change, attract investment and create jobs. World leaders have a responsibility to put the world, and the global economy, on track for a low carbon future.”

Helen Clarkson, Chief Executive, The Climate Group, which acts as secretariat to the Coalition, added: “States and regions globally have a critical role in delivering the policies and investments needed to implement the Paris Agreement.

“We know that we are at a critical moment to turn the tide on climate change. With US states and cities committing to Paris irrespective of the federal government’s position, the international community needs to find a way of recognizing this commitment from sub-national governments in order drive the pace of change needed.”

 

ENDS

For further information, please contact:

Luke Herbert, International Director of Communications, The Climate Group

LHerbert@TheClimateGroup.org / +44 7768 171167

Nazneen Nawaz, Head of Media and Corporate Communications, The Climate Group

NNawaz@TheClimateGroup.org / +44 20 7960 2716

 

Notes to editors

About The Under2 Coalition

The Under2 Coalition is a global pact of 176 cities, states and countries representing 1.2 billion people and more than US$28.8 trillion in combined GDP, more than one-third of the global economy. Coalition members commit to limit greenhouse gas emissions to two tons per capita or 80-95% below 1990 levels by 2050. The Under2 MOU was formed in 2015 by the states of California and Baden-Württemberg, Germany to mobilize and galvanize bold climate action from like-minded city, state and regional governments around the globe.

The Climate Group acts as Secretariat to the Under2 Coalition and works directly with government signatories and partners of the Under2 MOU to drive net-zero ambition and action.

About The Climate Group

The Climate Group works internationally with leading businesses, states and regions to deliver a world of net zero greenhouse gas emissions and greater prosperity for all. We are at the forefront of ambitious climate action. Our focus is on collaborative programs with corporate and government partners that deliver impact on a global scale. The Climate Group stimulates action by businesses, states and regions, bringing them together to develop and implement the policies that make change happen. We also communicate their achievements to secure global public acceptance of, and even greater ambition for, a prosperous, net-zero future for all. The Climate Group is an international non-profit with offices in Beijing, London, New Delhi and New York.

TheClimateGroup.org | @ClimateGroup

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