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Climate Chance World Summit leads to call for urgent, coordinated action

The 2017 Climate Chance Conference on 11-13 September concluded with the adoption of the Agadir Declaration of Climate Actors, an urgent call to step up on coordinated climate action.

The Climate Chance World Summit 2017 in Agadir, Morocco, the largest gathering of climate actors before COP23, the 23rd United Nations Climate Change Conference, hosted more than 5,000 participants representing over 80 nations. The resulting Agadir Declaration of Climate Actors is supported by many leading networks of climate actors including ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, UCLG, R20 and C40.

The declaration incorporates input, opinions and perspectives from key stakeholder groups such as indigenous peoples, environmental non-governmental organizations and local governments. The document emphasizes the importance of integrating climate action with the broader sustainable development agenda. It outlines nine key priorities that support effective implementation of the Paris Agreement. It calls for more active stakeholder input into the climate negotiations as well as stronger dialogue between national governments and climate stakeholders. It also raises key issues to be addressed in advancing climate action such as the need for further funding and a focus on adaptation in vulnerable areas.

The declaration will be available for signature until 15 October 2017 before it is presented to national governments and the Secretary General of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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