Left to Right: Maryke van Staden, H.E. Hakima El Haïté, Jeffrey Sachs, Peter Bakker

COP22 Low-Emissions Solutions Conference will bring together cities, government and business to scale up climate solutions

WASHINGTON, DC, 5 May 2016 – Cities, business and government will come together to scale up solutions for climate action at COP22 in Marrakesh, Morocco, following an announcement on 5 May that four leading organizations will present a Low-Emissions Solutions Conference in order to accelerate the implementation of solutions under the historic Paris Agreement. 

The Government of Morocco will host the conference in partnership with UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, World Business Council for Sustainability and ICLEI. The parties formalized their collaboration on the conference by signing a Memorandum of Understanding today at the Climate Action 2016 summit in Washington DC.

The Low-Emissions Solutions Conference is part of the overall global agenda to bring together the stakeholders that can design and implement Nationally Determined Contributions and Low-Emission Development Strategies (LEDSs) under the Paris Agreement.

The conference will convene the key players for delivering coordinated solutions to emissions reduction - cities, business and government – as all stakeholders must work together to help solve the climate challenge. Integrated collaboration helps to produce commercial business solutions that overcome policy barriers and can be scaled up rapidly for global implementation, thereby strengthening the ability of governments around the world to make their emissions reduction targets a reality.

The Low-Emissions Solutions Conference will be aimed at problem solving, brainstorming, and global co-creation, without inter-governmental negotiations or agreements. The conference will support all signatories to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The goal of the Low-Emissions Solutions Conference will be to share knowledge, exchange information, identify bottlenecks, discuss best practices, and prioritize future research aimed at scaling up climate solutions. The main objectives of the Low-Emissions Solutions Conference are to:

Support operationalization of the Paris Agreement;
Strengthen the technical capacities of the 196 signatory governments of the UNFCCC and their Non-Party Stakeholders to design and implement long-term low greenhouse-gas emissions development strategies as called for in the Paris Agreement (NDCs and LEDSs);
Chart key technology pathways for global, public-private partnerships;
Identify and resolve the barriers to scaling up identified business solutions for climate action;
Support an intensive dialogue between policy makers and solution providers and developers, including engineers and technology specialists on low-emission energy systems; and
Enhance global exchange and partnerships for technology solutions between all levels of governments, businesses, academia, and civil society organizations.

Signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding:

  • H.E. Hakima El Haïté, Minister in Charge of Environment – Kingdom of Morocco
  • Dr. Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN)
  • Mr. Peter Bakker, President and CEO of World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
  • Ms. Maryke van Staden, on behalf of Mr. Gino Van Begin, Secretary General ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI)



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