• UNFCCC COP21: ICLEI bringing transformative local action to Paris
    ICLEI bringing transformative local action to Paris

COP21 is less than 3 months away, and cities have steadily gained the spotlight as one of the key topics of importance for the pinnacle of international dialogue on climate change.  

Over the past year, ICLEI has launched multiple new initiatives that are set to appear in Paris during COP21.  These initiatives are designed to facilitate cooperation and collaboration among international local governments and engage them in climate change planning and target setting.  These programs will demonstrate the potential of municipal level climate action and help cities determine global action plans that can be carried forth independently.

In May 2015, ICLEI initiated the Transformative Action Program (TAP), a 10-year program designed to showcase the potential of local climate action. As an inclusive and cooperative effort by networks of local and subnational governments, it seeks to improve access to existing capital flows to cities and regions; catalyze and accelerate additional capital flows; and maximize investment in low-carbon and climate-resilient urban development and governance processes. (Click here to read more)

The TAP will collect and present multi-sectorial, inclusive and innovative mitigation and/or adaptation actions led by local and subnational governments. It will focus especially on those projects and action plans that have the potential to discernibly contribute to the international pre- and post-2020 climate regime.

Four action pillars make up the TAP:

  1. TAP Project Pipeline: The TAP Project Pipeline is a collection of up to 100 TAP projects and action plans selected every year, and presented at the annual UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP), starting at the COP21 in Paris-Le Bourget from 30 November to 11 December 2015.
  2. Online Transformative Actions Platform: Building on the existing framework developed by the major local and subnational climate action reporting platforms, the Transformative Action Platform will act as a central depository of TAP projects and action plans and as a global facilitation platform.
  3. Transformative Actions Pavilion at COP21: To enhance visibility and credibility of Transformative Actions, every year at the UNFCCC COP, the TAP will offer local and subnational entities a physical space – called the TAP Pavilion – where they can present their TAP projects and action plans and engage with potential funding and/or capacitation partners.
  4. TAP Advocacy for Accelerated Climate Action: Continuing with climate advocacy in the scope of the Local Government Climate Roadmap, in support of momentum created by the Compact of Mayors, and in close collaboration with the allies and Friends of Cities in the climate negotiations, the Transformative Actions Program aims to accelerate positive climate advocacy at the local, national, and international levels.

The TAP will be officially launched at the UN Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21/CMP11) to be held in Paris-Le Bourget, France on 30 November-11 December 2015.




At COP21, ICLEI will be facilitating the Transformative Actions Pavilion, hosted by the City of Paris and the City of Bristol. The Pavilion will serve as the advocacy base of local and regional governments at COP21, and will feature thematic workshops and sessions about local climate action.  Daily "TAP Time sessions" will also showcase transformative local climate actions submitted by local organizations and cities around the world. Check out the preliminary timetable here.


Other initiatives that will be visibly advocating for local climate action at COP21 include ICLEI's Local Government Climate Roadmap.  The roadmap is an advocacy process that began in 2007 which aims at voicing local authorities worldwide. It mirrors the launch of the United Nations Climate Change Conference Climate Roadmap, designed for nations, in determining a global action plan towards a post-Kyoto framework on climate change for the period after 2012. (Click here to read more)


Local Government Climate Roadmap – Paris Dialogues is a compilation of events related to local and subnational governments at UN Paris Climate Conference (COP21/CMP11) on 30 November – 11 December 2015, in Paris, France, building on the experiences in Warsaw (COP19/CMP9, 2013), Lima (COP20/CMP10, 2014) and Bonn (2014 and 2015).  Events include:

  • Cities and Regions Pavilion - TAP2015, at Climate Generations Space at Le Bourget, between 30 November –11 December, including thematic sessions, workshops, debates, presentation of selected applications under the Transformative Actions Program (TAP), daily LGMA briefings.
  • Climate Summit for Local Leaders, on 4 December 2015, at the Paris City Hall, convened by Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris & Michal Bloomberg, UN Special Envoy for Cities & Climate Change. 
  • Special meetings of the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) constituency, organized by networks of cities and regions, independent from the UNFCCC Agenda 
  • UNFCC negotiationsLGMA interventions at the official UNFCCC sessions, engaging in the ADP Technical Examination Process on Urban Environment, 5 December UNFCCC Action Day and Side Events within the UNFCCC Calendar or those hosted by Co untry Pavilions 
  • Click here to see more events.

ICLEI Canada will be represented at COP21 and will continue to encourage the involvement of local governments in climate action planning.  Many Canadian cities have been actively working toward formalized climate change action plans.  The cooperation of international stakeholders and the sucess of other local governments that is intended to drive COP21 can also drive Canadian cities to further commit to plan for a changing climate.