WRI will take part in the COP28 Local Climate Action Summit, the first Summit hosted by the COP Presidency in recognition of the critical role local leaders play in reducing emissions, addressing climate risk and supercharging national efforts to move further and faster on climate progress. Hosted by the COP28 Presidency and Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Summit aims to bring together national and subnational climate leaders to transform climate finance, enhance global action, fast-track the energy transition, and strengthen resilience and adaptation at the local level.
This Summit is backed by world-leading networks of local leaders including the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), US Conference of Mayors, the Under2 Coalition, UN-Habitat, WRI, and others.
Saturday, December 2
Inclusive Strategies for Local Climate Adaptation and Resilience
11:30-12:15PM, Roundtables, Blue Zone
Climate impacts are affecting cities now – and not equally. There is no universal solution to building climate resilience but a mosaic of solutions developed and implemented collaboratively. Local governments can play a central role in this process, convening diverse stakeholders and creating tailored solutions. Join us as we explore inclusive processes for building climate resilience and sustainability in cities, ensuring that no one is left behind in the journey towards a more resilient and equitable urban future.
SCALE: Advancing Ambitious Multi-Level Climate Action
1:30-3:15PM, Al Hur Arena, Blue Zone
Join the Subnational Climate Action Leaders’ Exchange (SCALE) for a discussion with representatives from cities, states, and regions around the world on multi-level climate action toward a 1.5-aligned, climate-resilient future. This event will feature the launch of the Lowering Organic Waste Methane Partnership.
Unlocking Local Action and National Ambition: Multi-Level Partnerships for Accelerating Climate Action
3:45-4:45PM, Al Wakri/UNFCCC Action Arena 2, Blue Zone
No stakeholder or level of government can tackle the climate crisis alone; collaboration is essential. Hundreds of countries, regions and cities are already achieving their climate goals together through multi-level partnerships. This event will feature local, regional and national climate leaders and launch the interactive Multi-Level Governance Atlas, showcasing 100+ examples of successful multi-level partnerships. This event is designed to demonstrate the structures, methodologies, tools and resources available to support any entity in achieving their climate goals more effectively through partnership that helps breakdown sectoral, bureaucratic and funding siloes.
The UN’s 28th annual climate change conference (COP28) will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from November 30-December 12, 2023. WRI’s experts are closely tracking the key issues at stake and necessary outcomes.