Civil Society, City and Regions Preparing for the COP 21 and Beyond

The civil society, cities and regions expect that necessary ambitious, fair and binding decisions will be adopted at the UNFCCC COP 21 in Paris in December 2015 in the form of a “universal deal”. In the recent years the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Committee of the Regions (CoR) have been very active in the field of climate change, following the global climate negotiations; organising hearings, conferences and opinions, as well as participating in delegations at the UNFCCC COPs to present positive examples and develop global partnerships through side events and bilateral meetings. Both institutions have also been encouraging and mobilising their members to upscale their engagement towards climate action.

On 19 November 2015 the EESC and the CoR will organise a conference in Brussels entitled “Civil society, cities and regions preparing for the COP21 and beyond“. The event will take place from 9:30 to 17:00 at EESC/CoR, Rue Belliard 99. This meeting will aim to demonstrate the mobilization of these actors for COP 21 and their concrete action on climate as well as promote strong messages contributing to the shaping of the global climate agreement. The event will be an occasion to channel, just a few days before the Paris conference, the information about the state of negotiations and main positions of international stakeholders. It will also feature good cases of territorial action on climate to inspire participants to embark on clean and sustainable pathways. Lastly, this event will aim to start the debate about translating post-Paris framework into a renewed strategy and propose concrete ideas on civil society’s role in the implementation of the global agreement.

In the framework of the conference, 10 posters will showcase best practice actions at a side exhibition. If you represent a city, a region or civil society organisation and would like to share your climate action initiative which is already proving successful and can inspire others to take similar action, send us details about the initiative and its achievements in five bullet points + 2 pictures. The selection of the good practices proposed will be done inter alia on their potential of replicability and diffusion throughout the EU. We will contact you back if you have been shortlisted for the “best practice” exhibition.

The full draft agenda is available on the website.

You are kindly invited to participate. Please register here by 13th November.

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