The C-Track 50 project was selected amongst a series of international initiatives focusing on collaborative climate action and showcased during the 2019 edition of the International Conference on Climate Action (ICCA2019).
The International Conference on Climate Action – ICCA2019 convened in Heidelberg on 22 and 23 May 2019. It was hosted by the German Ministry of the Environment, together with the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg and the City of Heidelberg. It brought together leaders from national and sub-national governments as well as international organisations, initiatives and networks to share knowledge and experiences in climate action and develop joint strategies for the future. Roughly 1‘000 participants from 80 countries discussed Collaborative Climate Action. It is the first conference of this magnitude to specifically address this issue.
Collaborative climate action means to communicate, coordinate and cooperate across levels, sec-tors, and stakeholder groups. Regions, cities, towns and communities are at the core of a dynamic global movement for transformation. With their economic and innovative power as well as their engagement with citizens and stakeholders, sub-national actors can develop and shape low-emission economic practices and resilient infrastructures as well as social systems and lifestyles. At the same time, decisive leadership and strong support of national governments is essential to unleash the full transformative power of sub-national actors.
In this framework project partner ICLEI Europe was invited to present C-Track 50 at the conference, amongst other existing and new projects and initiatives on collaborative climate action. As a consequence of its selection, the project was placed on www.icca2019.org and the Outcome Document of the event refers to the ICCA2019 Initiatives. These initiatives provide evidence for the driving force of subnational and local actions.
It became clear during the event how crucial it is to have the right framework conditions that allow cities and municipalities to exercise their roles as players in the field of climate action and sustainable development. Such framework conditions range from access to and expertise on financial resources through to regulatory conditions. A few months ahead of the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit (UNFCCC/COP25) on 23 September, ICCA2019 participants sent a strong signal to the world: It is possible to implement ambitious climate action and comply with the goals of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, if we collaborate across sectors and levels of government!
For a detailed summary on the conference provided by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), click here.