Mayor Ashok-Alexander Sridharan of Bonn at COP23 opening in Bonn

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Entrance to the COP23 Bonn Zone, site of the Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders and Cities & Regions Pavilion

COP23 kicks off, cities and regions ready for the full two weeks

Local and regional governments are strengthening their resolve to curb climate change and prepare for its effects. They are coming together at COP23 in Bonn to launch key initiatives and strategic coalitions that shape global climate action.

COP23, the 23rd United Nations Climate Change Conference, has kicked off today in Bonn, Germany. The two weeks of COP, running from the 6th through 17th of November, feature a full program of events that show how local and regional governments are delivering on the Paris Agreement.

Ashok Sridharan, Mayor of Bonn and First Vice President of ICLEI, welcomed participants at the COP23 opening plenary: 

"Bonn is the place where the United Nations is shaping a sustainable future," said Mayor Sridharan. "And the fight against climate change is at the very heart of it. The expectations with regard to the outcomes of this COP are high, and so is the commitment of the thousands of participants and observers of this conference."

Mayor Sridharan is co-host of the the Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders along with Armin Laschet, Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia. The Summit takes place on 12 November 2017 and is the premier gathering of local and regional governments at COP23, with more than 1,000 delegates, including over 330 political leaders from more than 60 countries. It is the first time that a joint Local and Regional Leaders’ Summit is held on the premises of the UNFCCC, with such diverse representation.

The Summit is the jumping off point for strategic initiatives and partnerships in support of the implementation of the Paris Agreement, demonstrating that when cities, regions, businesses, communities and all levels of government join forces, it makes climate action stronger and more effective. This is the way forward for climate action across the world, and in climate vulnerable areas of the Global South and in small island nations in particular.

At the Summit, local and regional governments will also adopt the the Bonn-Fiji Commitment of Local and Regional Leaders to Deliver the Paris Agreement at all levels, which outlines the commitments, positions and concrete initiatives by local and regional governments and their partners, as they aim to bring global climate action forward.

The Summit takes place right in the middle of a full two-week program at the Cities & Regions Pavilion, the home base for local and regional governments at COP23, and is the flagship event of the Summit Dialogues, a stretch of heightened activity featuring meetings, events and interactions with negotiators that will help shape and deliver messages to nations and key climate stakeholders.

News and updates from local and regional government activity at COP23 are available at citiesandregions.org

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