The European Committee of Regions @COP23, Bonn

The world's cities and regions should have both more rights and responsibilities in the fight against climate change, leaders of two large networks of cities and regions – the European Committee of the Regions and Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) – have said, as they welcomed a Declaration that calls for local and regional authorities to be formally part of the global governance system to combat climate change.

The Declaration, adopted at a Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders on the seventh day of the international climate talks in Bonn (COP 23), combines unilateral commitments with a set of calls to action by the nations of the United Nations and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The pledges include promises by cities and regions to be more ambitious, pro-active, comprehensive, consistent, collaborative and transparent in their climate actions. At the same time, local and regional leaders urged the United Nations and world's governments to collaborate with all levels of government and support the introduction of carbon emissions-reduction targets for regions and cities. In Paris in 2015, the world's governments agreed to keep the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels though recent figures suggest the world is on course for a 2.7°C rise.

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