“Raising Global Level of Ambition Through Local Climate Action”



Global Climate Advocacy of Local and Subnational Governments

By 2030, two thirds of humanity will live in urban centres, where more than 75% of all energy is already consumed today. In addition, all cities, especially those fast-growing in developing countries are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Thus, local and subnational governments play a critical role in global efforts related to the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adaptation to adverse effects of climate change.

As neither the UNFCCC nor the Kyoto Protocol includes any reference to the role of cities and local governments, the Local Government Climate Roadmap was launched in 2007 in Bali as a response to the Bali Action Plan, with a view to ensure recognition, engagement and empowerment of local and subnational governments in the new global climate regime.

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