SP1 Shaping low emission cities, towns and regions

20 Jun 2018
11:00 - 12:30

SP1 Shaping low emission cities, towns and regions

The global sustainability agenda requires a responsible commitment from all local and regional governments to achieve carbon neutrality, urban resilience and energy security in their jurisdictions. To help them achieve these goals, ICLEI has developed a holistic climate action agenda to analyze, act and accelerate, also leading to multiple co-benefits such as improved air quality, job creation, in addition to have regular greenhouse gas emissions inventories, up to date targets, and investor friendly action plans.

This interactive sub-plenary will showcase ongoing key developments to pursue a step-by-step approach toward carbon neutrality, showing not only how local planning, action and monitoring can help track progress, but also exploring the engagement of cities and regions in the Talanoa Dialogues to improve multi-level governance and boost integrated climate action in-country.

Gino Van Begin
Secretary General, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

Panel 1: Ambitious global action for low emission development

Hironori Hamanaka
Former Vice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs, Ministry of Environment, Japan
Chair of the Board of Directors, ICLEI Japan Office

Robert Bradley
Director of Knowledge and Learning, NDC Partnership

Amanda Eichel
Executive Director, Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

Barbara Kreissler
Director, Global Public and Government Affairs, Signify, formerly known as Philips Lighting,
The Netherlands

Lisa Helps
Mayor, City of Victoria, Canada

Panel 2: Local government networks driving coordinated local action for climate friendly cities

Brock Carlton
Chief Executive Officer, Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), Canada

David Miller
North America Regional Director and Ambassador for Inclusive Climate Action, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Octavi de la Varga Mas
Secretary General, World Association of the Major Metropolises

Emilia Saiz
Secretary General, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)

An innovative toolkit for local climate action: ICLEI’s support package for cities, towns and regions
Maryke van Staden
Manager, Low Carbon City Agenda, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
Director, Bonn Center for Local Climate Action and Reporting (carbonn Center)

Invitation to COP24, Katowice, Poland
Mariusz Skiba
Deputy Mayor, City of Katowice, Poland
Host of the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 24)