II Climate Summit of the Americas to bring state, regional and provincial governments together to deliver on the Paris Agreement

Author:
William Brittlebank
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29 August 2016

LONDON: The second Climate Summit of the Americas will bring together leaders from across the region between August 31 and September 1 in Guadalajara, Mexico, to address the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Organized by the Mexican State of Jalisco, and supported by The Climate Group and the Governors' Climate & Forests Task Force (GCF), the Summit will gather regional, state and provincial officials to discuss the next step for the implementation of the Paris climate deal and analyse new opportunities to drive the low carbon economy.

The first edition of the Climate Summit of the Americas was hosted in Toronto, Canada, in July last year. The meeting saw the first-ever Pan-American action statement on climate change signed by 23 states and regions, representing US$5.6 trillion in GDP and 165.5 million people.

The statement included commitments to support carbon pricing, ensure public reporting, and to meet greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.

This year’s Summit will feature major leaders from a wide range of states, regions, provinces and municipalities from across the Americas, including Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa and David Heurtel, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change of Québec.

Libby Ferguson, States & Regions Director, The Climate Group, will moderate a key session at the Summit on September 1 addressing the role of the private sector in accelerating climate action. The session will analyze the topics of environmental protection, social responsibility, and consumer interests in the context of economic success and participants will include Juan Carlos Camargo, Deputy Director, Sustainability, Walmart; Francis Perez, Share Value Creation Market Manager, Nestlé Mexico; John A. Gorman, President and CEO, Canadian Solar Industries Association; Ken Alex, Senior Advisor of Jerry Brown, Governor of California and a representative from Enel Green Power.

The session will highlight how pan-American and global companies are seeing the economic benefits of taking climate action, making a bold commitment to 100% renewable power through RE100. With 69 companies now signed up to the campaign – and more expected to join at this year’s Climate Week NYC – policy makers are seeing a real demand for ambitious policies, and a great opportunity for governments and the business sector to work together to scale up this movement.

Members of The Climate Group’s States & Regions Alliance will be key participants at the Summit and will continue to promote ambitious action to support ambitious climate policies at a local and national level to help meet the targets set with the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).

Follow #CSOTA2016Jalisco for more updates on the Summit.

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