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The Lima-Paris Action Agenda brings both state and non-state actors together on the global stage to accelerate cooperative climate action now and into the future in support of the new, universal climate change agreement which governments will reach in Paris. Photo © Jiuguang Wang

Criteria

The LPAA actors create and implement initiatives and generate momentum for climate action through existing networks and leaders (such as Business or Cities networks) and sectoral initiatives in different action areas (energy efficiency, renewable energies, resilience, forest, agriculture, transport, building, innovation, short-lived climate pollutants and private financing).

To be considered as an LPAA initiative, the following criteria must be fulfilled:

  1. The initiatives’ leaders should aim at making them transformative for their sector and ambitious enough to remain on a 2°C and resilient pathway, with short- and long-term quantifiable targets.
  2. The initiative must be science-based and have a concrete impact on climate change mitigation or adaptation issues within one of the twelve action areas identified.
  3. They should be possible to monitor and report on on a regular basis.
  4. They should also demonstrate the capacity to deliver the commitments made: the leaders must be in the position to implement the proposed solutions on their own.
  5. The initiatives’ leaders must showcase implementation of existing commitments (sufficient level of maturity in Paris)
  6. For cooperative international initiatives: they must observe inclusiveness (e.g. balance regional representation).

An added value would be to provide clarity on how the initiative interacts with country-level policy to fulfill a commitment or implement adaptation actions under the UNFCCC.

 


 

How to Join

Strong individual and collaborative initiatives have emerged within the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA) since the UN Secretary General’s 2014 Climate Summit in New York – demonstrating the extensive mobilisation of leaders on the way to Paris. This powerful dynamic is illustrated by the great number of actors (both state and non-state actors, including sub-nationals and businesses) willing to cooperate with these initiatives, either to encourage, to join or to implement them.

To promote suitable ways forward, the four Partners of the LPAA aim at providing strategic and concrete explanations of how to join the LPAA initiatives or work along with them depending on the type of actor, its objectives, the policy involved and the resources available. Several cases will be developed to enable each interested actor to join an existing initiative or to launch a new one. Finally, concrete details will be provided to help create the link between the new entrants and the initiatives’ leaders.

1. Existing Initiatives

Both states- and non-state actors can engage in the LPAA; they would have different approaches to commit to an initiative regarding their own identity and the support they aim at provide.

States can engage by:

  • Joining or partnering with initiatives, either to obtain support for accelerated domestic action or to contribute national expertise and assistance;
  • Encouraging domestic non-state actors to take individual commitments or to join networks and existing initiatives;
  • Launching new initiatives;

Sub-national actors can engage by:

  • Committing to GHG reductions, climate planning, climate resilience or to making sectoral commitments;
  • Joining large-scale cooperatives and multi-stakeholder initiatives;
  • Setting up new partnerships;
  • Working with states in a vertically integrated approach.

For more details on engagement for subnationals, please download the ‘Cities and subnationals flyer.

Businesses can engage by:

The contribution of the private sector is essential to the success of the Paris climate negotiations (COP21) this December. Businesses have the responsibility to adapt their business models to help meet the challenge of keeping global temperature rises to no more than 1.5-2°C.

The LPAA partners are working to engage more and more businesses in the climate action movement in the run up to Paris in order to forge a pathway towards a low carbon and resilient world

This easiest way to support this work is by committing to mitigation or adaptation actions or signing up to a ‘transformational initiative’ that will be featured at the negotiations.

This year, business has the potential to inspire governments to greater ambition.

There are three principal ways in which business can engage with the Action Agenda:

1 - Cooperative Action

This includes joining partnerships or cooperative initiatives. Several major organizations and coalitions are working to structure and promote large multi-stakeholder initiatives aimed at augmenting and encouraging climate action.

Several of them are directly targeted to businesses. The LPAA partners strongly encourage these initiatives, which will be showcased at the COP. Cooperative action can be:

  • Action-oriented
  • Industry-orientated
  • Technology-oriented

2 - Individual Action

This involves setting individual targets. Large-scale transformation will only happen if businesses systematically integrate climate action into strategy-building and investment decision-making processes. In order to create an upward spiral of ambition, these objectives must be publicly announced and attached to quantified and time-bound reporting process. Key areas are:

  • Mitigation: reduce emissions, improve efficiency, shift to renewable energies, etc.
  • Resilience: adaptation measures, risk assessment, etc.
  • Finance: ESG and climate risks integration, carbon accounting, etc.

3 - Public Policy Action

To encourage governments to increase their commitments and make ambitious decisions in Paris, it is essential that businesses actively advocate to the governments of the countries in which they are operating to develop public policies which encourage emissions reductions, notably policies related to carbon pricing.

For more details on engagement for private sector, please download the ‘Business engagement flyer’.

2. Launch a New Initiative

The LPAA is a growing undertaking that is expands when new initiatives emerge or when new states or non-state actors support and implement them. Some action areas are not fully covered by cooperative initiatives or do not fully respond to the challenges ahead. The LPAA partners encourage the launch of new initiatives, for instance in the area of resilience (water, agriculture, etc.), as well as initiatives aimed at speeding up research, development and the spread of low-carbon technologies, among others.

New initiatives must fall under one of the action areas identified by the LPAA Partners. They should also abide by the criteria mentioned. If you wish to present a new initiative and propose it as part of the LPAA, please fill in the templates available for download at the bottom of the page and send it back to one of the LPAA focal points (cf. Contact).

3. How to Register your Commitment

A. To register an individual commitment:

A non-state actor wishing to commit individually and to be visible on NAZCA can do so by selecting the 'Register your commitment' button on the homepage or click here: http://climateaction.unfccc.int/register.aspx and choose suitable organization.

  • Companies have 2 options: Carbon Disclosure Project or Global Compact;
  • Cities have 3 options: Carbonn or Covenant of Mayors or Carbon Disclosure Project;
  • Regions have 4 options: Carbonn or Covenant of Mayors or Carbon Disclosure Project or Climate Group;
  • Investors have 1 only option, currently: Investors On Climate Change

The non-state actor should provide the information requested by this organization: provisional forms allow a commitment before COP 21 if the annual campaign of the organization is already closed.

The commitment will be showcased on NAZCA shortly afterwards (with a period for registration and transmission).

B. To join a cooperative initiative and be showcased as such, the actor must:

  • Reach the action area the actor wishes to engage in on the LPAA home page and then the initiative he would like to join
  • Activate the link with the description of the initiative (manifesto, dedicated website etc.).
  • Contact directly the secretariat of the initiative and follow the procedure to join.

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