UNDP and The Climate Group to work together to promote regional climate partnerships and solutions

25 May 2009

The Climate Group and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed an important MOU committing to help subnational governments, in both developed and developing countries, take ambitious climate action.

This collaboration will focus its efforts on forging partnerships between developed and developing country regions to implement actions in energy efficiency, renewable energy, technology transfer, and adaptation across continental borders.

The signing of the MOU fulfills one of the commitments the Statement of Action which State and Regional Leaders delivered to the UNFCCC in December 2008.

Steve Howard, CEO of The Climate Group, welcomed the partnership: "The Climate Group works with leading States and Regions around the world to accelerate practical low carbon policy solutions; from mandating innovative energy efficiency programs and renewable energy use to introducing clean car standards.

"Our new joint commitment with the United Nations Development Program is significant and will ensure that progressive action and best practice in emissions reduction can be transferred between developed and developing country regions around the world to speed and concert global efforts to combat climate change."

The signing took place at a side-event on international cooperation amongst sub-national governments just prior to the 2009 World Business Summit on Climate Change. The event also included presentations on subnational climate leaders from members of The Climate Group's States and Regions network, including Minister Jane Davidson of Wales and MP Chloe Fox of South Australia.

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