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Welcoming remark to iclei doha side event by evelyn huytebroeck

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  • 1. Welcoming Remark to ICLEI Doha Side event By Evelyn Huytebroeck Minister for Environment Brussels Capital Region LGMA Focal Point since 1995 Chair of ICLEI Europe Regional Exectuive CommitteeMr. Chair, Distinguished participants of this side event.It is a pleasure to address you here today as Chair of ICLEI Europe andas Minister for Environment, Energy and water of Brussels CapitalRegion.I would like to make some introductory remarks with regard to thecurrent intergovernmental negotiations as well as to give you someexamples of concrete action we undertake in Brussels Capital RegionFirst with regard to the Doha negotiations: I can speak on behalf of themany Councilors, Mayors, and Governors of the World who ask thisintergovernmental conference to concretely engage local andsubnational governments as part of the efforts to raise the level ofambition and accelerate action on climate change.Experience over one decade demonstrates that Parties who are frontrunners on climate action today have also been those who haveeffectively engaged their local and subnational governments in climateactions.Thus, we invite the Parties to make a difference in the current flow ofclimate negotiations and include the concept of “partnerships foraction” in the new climate regime.We encourage the climate negotiators to follow the good practices ofother intergovernmental processes this year, such as the COP onBiodiversity and Rio+20, who have decided on such partnerships foraction with local and subnational government. www.iclei.org/climate-roadmap www.worldmayorscouncil.org is the pioneering partner of www.mexicocitypact.org www.durbanadaptationcharter.org www.citiesclimateregistry.org
  • 2. Welcoming Remark to ICLEI Doha Side event By Evelyn Huytebroeck Minister for Environment Brussels Capital Region LGMA Focal Point since 1995 Chair of ICLEI Europe Regional Exectuive CommitteeLocal and subnational governments are ready to inspire and unite theworld to raise level of ambition and accelerate action on climatechange, in particular through innovative instruments that werelaunched in a consistent manner since Copenhagen, such as the MexicoCity Pact, the carbonn Cities Climate Registry, and the DurbanAdaptation Charter.In concrete terms, we ask the Parties to include an appropriate chapter,section, or a paragraph on sustainable, low-carbon, low-emission,climate-resilient urban development in your ADP WorkplanWorkStream-2 to raise level of ambition. We have noted the clearintentions to do so by many Annex-I and Non-Annex-I Parties at theroundtables since May 2012.We are confident that such a new vision in ADP will help to advancingactions while negotiations progress, and at the same time may bringthe much needed technical and financial support to scale up actions atthe local level to raise global level of ambition.As with regard to our actions in Brussels Capital Region: www.iclei.org/climate-roadmap www.worldmayorscouncil.org is the pioneering partner of www.mexicocitypact.org www.durbanadaptationcharter.org www.citiesclimateregistry.org

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