The Paris COP21 (Conference of the Parties of UNFCCC) has reached an important agreement to hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue global efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. In the run up to the Paris conference the unprecedented mobilisation by non-state actors was given a platform of the Lima to Paris Action Agenda (LPAA) with the objective of showcasing the commitments and partnerships of cities, regions, businesses and civil society organisations, including trade unions, which reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build greater resilience against climate change. As a result, the outcome of COP21 clearly recognised the efforts of all non-state stakeholders, including civil society to address and respond to climate change. The EESC has advocated for civil society and citizens at global, national and subnational levels to be fully involved in the development, review and, above all, implementation of the Paris Agreement.
The EESC is currently drafting an initiative opinion on the theme "Building a coalition of civil society and subnational authorities to deliver commitments of the Paris Agreement". This opinion will be an opportunity to address the issue of climate governance in the context of implementation of the Paris Agreement and to identify the mechanisms and measures for civil society to be involved.
The commitments taken and promises made recently by local authorities and civil society (non-state actors) are very encouraging and provide a clear signal of the transition to a low carbon and climate-resilient society. However, they are still too few, dispersed, isolated from each other, and do not cover the commitment of the majority of stakeholders.
As part of the drafting process for this opinion, we would like to collect contributions from civil society and local authority stakeholders on what they have learned, their experience and their recommendations. If you wish to add your contribution, please answer the on-line survey questions by using the link below. The survey will be open until 18 March 2016. Thank you in advance for your contribution!
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