The growing mobilization of non-state actors, particularly since COP22 in Marrakech, shows that the reinforcement and progress of concrete actions taking place in territories are indeed essential to meet the objectives of the fight against climate change. It is against this background that the next edition of the Climate Chance World Summit, the annual gathering of climate actors, will take place from the 11th to the 13th September 2017 in Agadir, Morocco. In partnership with the Souss-Massa Region, this summit will be the biggest event for non-state actors (local authorities, companies, NGOS, etc.) before COP23.
The Climate Chance vision is based on the promotion of multi-stakeholder dialogue and concrete actions, with a special attention given to priority issues such as financing for action, the convergence of the climate and development agendas, the importance of a territorial approach, etc. The Climate Chance Summit is organized around a variety of events: plenaries to discuss major issues and bring together key personalities from the international climate action sphere, high-level dialogues with climate champions, focus sessions to present significant initiatives, forums and workshops to highlight the mobilization and acceleration of climate action, etc.
The Summit will provide a comprehensive overview of the state of engagement of non-state actors. It will also be an opportunity for the elected representatives of cities and regions to take a strong stand, echoing the commitments made by the networks of local and regional authorities during the “Climate and Territories” summit in Lyon in July 2015. This new Climate Chance edition is a unique opportunity to demonstrate collectively that it is through the reinforcement and streamlining of concrete actions that we will succeed in meeting the objectives of the fight against climate change.
The Summit is already a major event for non-state actors committed to climate change, with thousands of participants expected from some 50 countries and more than 300 speakers selected from among hundreds proposals received during the call for contribution. It will emphasize the autonomy of the mobilization of non-state actors engaged in the fight against climate change, less subject nowadays to the contingencies of government choices.
[This description originally appeared on climatechance-2017.com]