Climate Alliance at COP22 in Marrakech

Climate Alliance is, in this year as in years past, present at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP22) from 7 to 18 November 2016 in Marrakech with its own side event “Local and national climate action in a governance perspective” and strong involvement in the second “Climate Summit for Local and Regional Leaders”. The two Climate Alliance AmbassadorsSteen Christiansen, Mayor of Albertslund, and Andreas Wolter, Deputy Mayor of the City of Cologne will of course feature prominently in both events.

The the Green Footprints collected by 175,000 children from ten European countries (Austria, Belarus, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Sweden) will also be handed over to to the conference participants and Patricia Espinosa, new UNFCCC Executive Director.

Last year's COP negotiations led to the adoption of the Paris Agreement, which calls for greenhouse gas reductions from 2020 onwards. The agreement entered into force on 4 November 2016, just days before the start of COP22, as it has already been ratified by 55 countries responsible for more than 55 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions. Now it’s time for action: the task of governmental delegations will be to define concrete steps towards the greenhouse gas emissions reductions agreed upon in the Paris Agreement.