From 11-13 September, the International Climate Chance Summit took place under the high patronage of his Majesty King of Morocco in Agadir, in the presence, among others, of high-level representatives from Morocco, the Executive Secretary of UNFCCC, Patricia Espinosa and Hakima El Haite, Climate Champion for the 2016 COP22. In partnership with the Souss-Massa Region, this summit was the biggest event for non-state actors before COP23.
The purpose of Climate Chance was to bring together multi-stakeholders and provide a comprehensive overview of the reinforcement and progression of concrete actions taking place all over the world in order to meet the objectives set out in the Paris Agreement.
Progress through partnership
UITP had representative staff members reporting the outcomes of the summit as well as participating in key dialogues, panels and sessions. Furthermore, UITP developed a partnership with Agadir urban bus operator (ALSA Transport Group), to form an awareness campaign under the slogan “We are committed to being Climate Leaders”, in collaboration with the municipality of Agadir and the region of Souss Massa. Buses were decorated in the 2017 Climate Chance Summit colours to promote the global event to its citizens and raise the general public’s awareness of the importance of active involvement in the fight against climate change.
Throughout the summit, the importance of partnerships was emphasised. Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister of Foreign Affairs in Morocco and President of the COP22, stressed the importance of building partnerships between state and non-state actors in a unified effort to meet decarbonisation and national goals.
“Indeed, regions, municipalities, businesses, the private sector, the financial sector and universities all come together to accompany a country’s ambition to respect its commitments and be an active player in this struggle against climate change”, said Mr Mezouar.
New projects on the horizon
In the framework of the conference, UITP had the pleasure of organising a high-level session in partnership with UIC on the linking of global initiatives to the concrete actions for decarbonisation of public transport. UITP highlighted implementation of major transport projects that are being delivered around the globe in support of the UITP Declaration of Climate Leadership. Highlights include electric bus projects in Paris, light rail extensions in Portland that will help save 10,000 tonnes of CO2 per year through a modal shift to public transport, and energy efficiency initiatives in Hong Kong such as switching to LED lighting.
“The experience of delivering action on the ground can support the implementation of like-minded climate projects identified by national governments linked to the Paris Agreement”, said Philip Turner, Sustainable Development Manager & EU Expert on Sustainable Mobility at UITP.
To find out more information about what UITP has done to follow-up on its Declaration of Climate Leadership and in efforts to meet the goals set out in the Paris Agreement, read the full 2017 climate report here!