• Highlights from COP22
    Highlights from COP22 in Marrakech
    New advancements on local climate action around the world
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 00:00

Highlights from COP22

Written by 


Several advancements were made in Marrakech at this year's COP22, further advancing the role of local governments in climate change adaptation and mitigation in the international community. 

The COP22 for the UN Convention on Climate Change Conference took place on November 7-18, 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco. The event brought together leaders from around the world to act on the UN’s Paris Climate Agreement established at COP21 in 2015.

ICLEI 's global offices had a large presence at the event, leading several events relating to local solutions for low-carbon resiliency and  introducing the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy. 

Some highlights from COP22 include:

Marrakech Roadmap for Action for Cities and Regions of the World for the Climate

The roadmap is the main outcome from the Climate Summit for Local and Regional Leaders. Its purpose is to strengthen the capacity to integrate local and regional dimensions in the global financial system, support project preparation and funding, and to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and practices among cities around the world.

Canada's Mid-Century Long-Term Strategy

Canada was one of the first countries to launch its Mid-Century Long-Term Low-Greenhouse Gas Development Strategy at COP22 as part of the “Pathway to 2050” platform.  It outlines various pathways for innovative and creative solutions to limit global average ‎temperature rise to well below 2 °C by international goals and pursuing temperature limits to 1.5°C by the Paris Agreement. The ambitious strategy focuses on meeting climate change objectives while still accommodating growth. It also emphasizes significant long-term investments in infrastructure to support transformation to a low-carbon economy. 

Marrakech Investment Committee for Adaptation Fund

One of the outcomes from the Global Climate Finance Action Summit, which was focused onincreasing investment in emerging and existing climate-oriented projects, was the Marrakech Investment Committee for Adaptation (MICA) Fund.  This $500 million fund for adaptation with private investors is the first of its kind, partnered by GARF Private Investors, BeyA Capital, Philanthropic Institutions and the Global Environment Facility partnership.

Resilience Workstream of Global Climate Action on Cities and Human Settlements Proposals

1. Short term (2017): Ensuring synergy through long-term, structured and regular dialogue and engagement of urban resilience and adaptation community in key processes. This includes establishing long-term, structured, and regular dialogue and engagement of the local and regional governments and urban resilience community with national and international partners.

2. Medium (2020): Increased flow of global climate finance and other investments to urban resilience initiatives and a Global Action Framework for Localizing Climate Finance. This action aims to mobilize players, catalyze new financial engineering, standards, channels, and coordination, and enhance financing for localized implementation of the Paris Agreement, including a significant increase in the flow of financial resources to local and subnational climate action through the global climate finance instruments such as GCF, GEF, AF.

The Marrakech Vision 100% Renewable Energy

The members of the Climate Vulnerable forum, which consist of 47 of the world`s poorest countries have committed to generating 100% of their domestic energy production from renewables as rapidly as possible.  This statement by these countries is pioneering the transition towards 100% renewable energy.

Mobilizing the Building Sector to help deliver the Paris Agreement

The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction is launching a roadmap for buildings, with a specific focus on low energy buildings in hot and tropical climate areas, and improving access to funding opportunities, particularly for developing countries. Buildings and construction accounts for about 20% of global GHG emissions. Renovating existing buildings and constructing new efficient ones can create the changes needed to increase mitigation and resilience.