World Summit on Climate and Territories

01-02 July 2015. Lyon, France

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A key event in the 2015 global climate agenda, the World Summit Climate & Territories is the principal gathering of non-state actors in the lead up to Paris Climate 2015 in December (COP21). It will bring together 800 territorial players in Lyon on 1-2 July.

Local and subnational governments are at the forefront of the fight against climate change: they are taking action to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the impacts of climate disruption. Their contribution will be key to the success of the Paris conference in December.

Six months before COP21, the World Summit Climate & Territories will be a unique opportunity for all the major groups of non-state actors (subnational and local governments, NGOs, business, trade unions, indigenous people, youth, women, scientific community) to make their voices heard and highlight the importance of a territorial approach on climate.

The Summit heeds the call of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda announced at COP20 in Peru to strengthen climate action throughout 2015 and beyond.

The World Summit Climate & Territories has two objectives:

  • Present concrete commitments from a whole range of territorial players. The greenhouse gas emission reduction announcements made in Lyon will contribute to developing a credible path to limiting global warming to 2°C.
  • Submit specific proposals for commitments from non-state actors to be acknowledged in a bold climate agreement in Paris.

The commitments and proposals presented in Lyon will be submitted to the French Presidency of COP21 and to all the State parties to the United Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), tasked with agreeing a new bold climate deal in Paris in December.

Organised by the major global networks of subnational and local governments and hosted by Rhône-Alpes Region on 1-2 July in Lyon, the Summit is presented under the High Patronage of the President of the French Republic. The event is labelled COP21 and it is supported by UNFCCC.

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