Cities & COP26 negotiations

December 16, 2021 4:00 pm
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Cities are among the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to climate change. Therefore, they have a key role in addressing this global challenge. Much depends on how they are planned, built and, use energy to enable people to live, move and thrive. As a result, many cities, local and regional governments (LRGs) and their networks have mobilized to contribute positively to the objectives of the Paris Agreements.

During the crucial COP26 climate change conference that just took place in Glasgow, UK, LRGs were also very active to ensure that their role was being acknowledged in the fight against climate change.

The event will thus provide an opportunity to discuss and analyze the engagement of LRGs in a multilateral conference such as COP26:

  • Have the LRGs and their networks managed to influence the negotiations? If so, how ?
  • How have LRGs interacted with States and other stakeholders?
  • What’s in the final outcome (Glasgow Climate Pact) for LRGs ?
  • What about the follow-up to COP26 and LRGs’ action in that regard?
  • How can Geneva-based international actors support LRGs in implementing the COP26 outcome?




  • Yunus Arikan, Director of Global Advocacy, ICLEI World Secretariat
  • Luis Alfonso de Alba, Former UNSG Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Action Summit
  • Angus Millar, Councillor, Glasgow City Council
  • Agathe Cavicchioli, Head of Advocacy, C40


Moderation by Anh Thu Duong, Co-Director, Geneva Cities Hub


The Geneva Cities Hub’s  “City Diplomacy Series” explores how LRGs and their networks can enhance their involvement in global multilateral diplomacy.