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Day 3 – Climate Emergency Leadership Day

6 October

The Paris Climate Agreement, adopted in 2015, introduced a new era for global climate action pursuant to its 1.5°C and climate neutrality goals, as well as embracing multilevel and multi-stakeholder collaboration. The first wave of national climate plans [i.e. Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)] were not adequate to meet this challenge, as they were prepared before the Paris Agreement entered into force.

The UN Glasgow Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November 2021 is expected to kick-off the second phase of the Paris Agreement, with the submission of new and enhanced NDCs. These new and enhanced NDCs should be informed and guided by the ambition and potential of all levels of governments. They must respond to the emergency calls elevated by the latest scientific findings, as well as create the much needed synergy with a global deal for nature and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Furthermore, they should incorporate lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic whilst ensuring social and intergenerational equity.

The Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency has called for COP26 and the second phase of the Paris Agreement to be the moment when multi-level and collaborative action becomes the new normal, enabling thousands of local and regional governments to fulfill their 2030 and 2050 commitments through the Race-To-Zero and Race-To-Resilience initiatives.

The second High-Level Day of Daring Cities 2021 will address perspectives for climate emergency leadership from local and regional governments, national governments, as well as global partners and civil society. The day will conclude with a special session honoring 25 years of work on sustainability by the United Nations in Bonn and of their collaboration with local governments, which will act as an opportunity to contribute to evolving consultations on the future of cities among the UN institutions.

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