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Climate negotiations - 19.05.2015

Wrap-up of CEMR’s main points presented at EESC public hearing
Preparation is underway for 2015 Paris Climate Conference, which will, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate. In this context, CEMR intervened at a public hearing on “The Roadmap for the global agreement in Paris”, at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), on 19 May 2015.

The hearing was organised as the EESC is finalising its position on the “Paris Protocol – A blueprint for tackling global climate change beyond 2020” which will go to plenary in July. At the meeting, its rapporteur Lutz Ribbe, welcomed the input by Eva Baños de Guisasola, from CEMR, on the role that municipalities and regions can play ahead of COP21.  

Mr Ribbe defended that municipalities and regions are taking a whole new dimension on climate protection, on the need to prevent further damage to certain regions and people living and working there, and on the opportunities which are emerging to create new value chains.

Eva Baños de Guisasola, CEMR policy advisor in charge of environment, energy and climate, Eva Baños de Guisasola, highlighted 7 main points for CEMR:
 
  1. to continue the overall support of the COP negotiation making sure there is a clear responsibility for all actors;
  2. to recognise the role that subnational governments can play as they are a leading example in Europe on the Local Government Climate Roadmap and also with initiatives such as the Covenant of Mayors, Mayors Adapt or the work of decentralised cooperation within PLATFORMA;
  3. to include the local and regional level in the preparation and implementation of the National Strategies on climate change;
  4. to set the appropriate political framework and financing of climate policies and actions;
  5. to put in place a bottom up and multilevel governance approach when tackling the climate challenge;  
  6. to provide a place for the subnational governments in the EU delegation during COP negotiations and overall process;
  7. last but not least, to collaborate with other networks of municipalities, cities and regions in the fight and adaptation to climate change.
Contact: Eva Baños de Guisasola, policy advisor in charge of environment, energy and climate
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