COP21: A dense "cities and regions agenda"

By Miriam Eisermann on 29 May 2015

Momentum is building towards the UN Climate Conference to be held in December. While there is still a little more than six months to go, only 35 States (out of 195 in total) have submitted their INDC (post-2020 climate pledge).

As the world’s (political and media) eyes are turned towards the Paris agreement, Energy Cities is demonstrating how city-related initiatives like the Covenant of Mayors support energy and climate policies and effectively link them to the national and international levels. This happens through various events and alliances with partners involved in the field, such as:

  • Lima-Paris Action Agenda (a joint undertaking of the Peruvian and French COP presidencies, the Office of the Secretary-General of the UN and the UNFCCC Secretariat) : Energy Cities participates in the working group which provides support to existing initiatives, helps mobilize new partners and contribute to the visibility of local and regional government actions and commitments.
  • World Summit Climate and Territories, Lyon, 1-2 July: gathering 800 international representatives from territories, local authorities and civil society. After a collaborative work, all Summit delegates will send a strong message to national leaders asking for better shared responsibilities to implement the energy transition. Ten workshops, amongst which one on energy co-lead by Energy Cities, will provide space for dialogue and collective work. Preparations are ongoing to elaborate proposals in a dynamic process with all relevant stakeholders.

  • Energy Cities’ Declaration on enhanced city-to-city cooperation as a key for the energy transition.
    While governments are looking for a future global cooperation scheme to address the causes and impacts of climate change, Energy Cities’ members are already one step further: During Energy Cities’ General Assembly on 23 April in Aberdeen, they committed to sharing their knowledge, expertise and vision with cities around the globe.

To Energy Cities member cities: Would you like to share with us a couple of updates regarding your COP21-related activities, please contact Miriam Eisermann at or by phone +33 381 65 36 82.

© photo Andreas Gebert

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