Welsh Minister Sargeant calls for all actors to unite for "strongest possible agreement" at global climate talks

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17 September 2015

NEW YORK: With just four days to go before The Climate Group's 7th Climate Week NYC unfolds, we hosted a live Twitter Q&A with the Welsh Minister for Natural Resources Carl Sargeant, whose low carbon policies are a prime example of the power of non-state actors in contributing to international climate action efforts. During the chat the Minister called for united action to achieve the "strongest possible agreement" at global climate talks in Paris this December.

The Welsh Government is a member of The Climate Group's States & Regions Alliance, which brings together sub-national government leaders from around the world in a powerful, high-profile network that shares expertise, demonstrates impact and influences the international climate dialogue.

Our 30 members represent some of the most economically powerful regions in the world and include governments from across Europe, the Americas, South Asia, Australia and Africa, collectively accounting for 331 million people, 11% of global GDP and 2.6 Gigatons CO2 emissions. State and regional governments are setting standards for impactful global climate action; but is that why the Welsh Government first joined? 

 

The government has introduced a number of leading low carbon and climate action policies, with the Minister highlighting a couple that the region is particularly proud of that have most benefitted Welsh communities, as well as progress the government has made toward its pioneering Climate Change Strategy.

But while ambitious policy designed to engage and benefit citizens as well as the economy and environment is obviously central to successful low carbon growth in Wales, Minister Sargeant suggests how the public can get more involved in shaping the climate debate.

 

One issue that is particularly close to voters' hearts is jobs. The Minister asserts that more green jobs have been created alongside wider low carbon economy growth, with a dedicated summit planned in the near future. He also outlined the success of another topic that relies on citizens engagement, recycling, of which Wales is a European leader, as well as its "abundance" of renewables.

 

Of course the conversation soon turned to the upcoming global climate talks, and the growing significance placed on non-state actors such as state and regional governments.

 

Talking of how Wales' policies are impacting wider government work, the Minister spoke about the forward-thinking Well-being of Future Generations Act (WFG Act) which will have a major impact on the way public services are delivered, plus other key policies.

 

Concluding the Twitter chat, Minister Sargeant called for all non-state and national governments to work together for a robust climate deal at the global negotiations in Paris this December, where for the first time, sub-national governments have a more critical role to play than ever before. It is clear world leaders can learn a great deal from low carbon pioneers like Wales.

 

Join The Climate Group online and in NYC on September 22, as leading states and major regional economies from around the world who are taking their own climate commitments to COP21, will be exclusively unveiling interim figures from the Compact of States & Regions.

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