Local governments call for recognition of their role in fighting climate change ahead of COP27


The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) will attend the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm from 6 to 18 November. The CoR, an EU assembly of local and regional representatives, announced it would continue to advocate a formal role for regions, municipalities and cities in international efforts aimed at lowering CO2 emissions.

Ahead of the meeting in Egypt, the CoP and the EU Parliament stressed the importance of multilevel cooperation and involvement of local government units in the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Mayor of Warsaw Rafał Trzaskowski welcomed the EU Parliament’s “call to better channel financial resources to local and regional authorities to face these challenges,” adding that Warsaw is committed to the green push.

Mayor of Autun Vincent Chauvet thanked the EU Parliament for its support and called on EU governments to include regions and cities in climate talks, stressing the importance of multilevel cooperation.

Head of the West Pomeranian region Olgierd Geblewicz thanked the EU Parliament for “recognising the key role that cities and regions play in delivering climate action and achieve the EU’s climate objectives.” He called on the EU to support its regions and cities as “climate diplomats.”

His counterpart from the Silesian region Jakub Chełstowski stressed the importance of speeding up the transition towards renewable sources of energy and pointed out that the region is implementing innovative solutions.

The CoR pointed out that Paris Agreement signatories have to do more to strengthen the green push and reiterated that nations have to recognise the important role that cities, regions and municipalities can play in global efforts aimed at lowering greenhouse gas emissions.


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