MOVING CANADA BEY ND
ARE WE DOING THIS?
The COP26 UN Climate Change Conference provides a golden opportunity to spotlight the work and strengthen the collective voice of Canadian cities in addressing global climate change.
By bringing together a strong group of leaders from local government, the federal government and a number of domestic and international civic intermediary organizations, this dialogue will facilitate collaborative action and chart a course forward for Canadian cities on climate change in the context of COP26.
Use the interactive timeline below to learn more about some of the milestones surrounding COP26.
This timeline may be updated as new information becomes available.
COP26 ON A TIMELINE
The Cities on the Road to Glasgow meeting will serve as a touchpoint on moving into action beyond pledges during COP26 and after.
A COP26 virtual informational event is being hosted by SFU, in partnership with the UK High Commission.
World Leaders Summit hosted at the start of COP26 in Glasgow.
Indigenous Clean Energy Green Zone event (see map below for details).
Governor Jay Inslee of Washington will be hosting the 'Supernational Event' (see map below for details).
Cities, Regions & Built Environment Day
Moving into support for action in the first 100 days of a new federal government.
THE CITIES + COP26 CALENDAR
We've created this functional calendar for you to reference the events that are taking place during COP26 that might be of interest to Canadian cities and partners.
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Secure global net-zero and keep the global warming limit of 1.5°C from the Paris Agreement within reach.
The world needs to halve emissions in 10 years. Current global commitments would result in warming above 3°C.
Act on adaptation and support those most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
Finance and planning needs to be in place, with open communication between nations and protection of natural habitats.
Developed countries must raise at least $100 bn per year in climate finance to support developing nations.
Work with the private sector to unleash trillions in finance and ensure investment decisions are made after accounting for climate.
Finalize the Paris Rulebook and find a solution on carbon markets, resolve issues of transparency, and broker an agreement that drives global ambition.
Turn ambition into action in this decade by fostering cooperation between government, civil society, and the private sector on climate action.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR...
A chance to increase
our national climate
ambition through a
renewed NDC + demonstrate that we are serious about climate action.
A space to showcase Canadian innovation in mitigation,
adaptation, and financing structures that support moving beyond our NDC.
A new opportunity to grow from the pandemic and signal a
shift from business as usual to new ambition and economic development for Canada.
A time for Canada to cement its position as a key global player in
the economic and social transition landscape that will result from climate action.
FOR GLOBAL CITIES
Leverage mayoral leadership to secure science-based commitments from nation states.
Remove barriers to faster, bigger city climate action.
Advocate for increased climate finance for the Global South.
C40 and global cities will use the opportunities at COP26 to advance certain goals. Learn more below:
COP26 is where local governments can engage in multi-national dialogue, but importantly, can also engage in national dialogue with the federal government.
With ~60% of GHG emissions under the direct or indirect control of local governments, cities are important allies in the multi-level collaboration needed to address this emergency.
MAPPING OUT ACTION
FCM + BCMC
C40 + CDP
SFU CITIES + COP26
C40 + GIZ
C40 + GIZ: Localising NDCs & supporting city action for a green and just recovery towards an 1.5 degree world. (Nov. 5, 3pm - 4:15pm BST)
Adaptation to Climate Change at SFU: COP26 informational event in partnership with the UK High Commission on Oct 28.
Canadian Urban Sustainability Practitioners: Data visualizations of municipal emissions, sources, etc. on Tableau.
Governor Jay Inslee (WA): Global coalition of subnational governments are coming together to signal commitment and lead on climate action. This coalition will announce these commitments at COP26 on Sunday, Nov 7.
Time4MultilevelAction: 2030 Agenda of cities and regions to enhance ambition & accelerate action (Nov. 8, 6:30-7:45pm BST)
Big City Mayors' Caucus: Mike Savage (Chair) will be attending COP26 as a representative of Canada's big cities.
Canadian Urban Institute: CityTalks panel events hosted from Nov 1-5. Links to join will be distributed.
Indigenous Clean Energy: Green Zone event on Nov 4 at 11:30 am - 1 pm BST focused on strenghtening global networking to accelerate energy transition through Renewable Energy Microgrids (REMs) in Indigenous communities through an all-encompassing approach.
C40 + CDP: Recruiting cities and supporting the Cities Race to Zero (CRTZ) campaign. Point of contact on CRTZ for cities and NGOs.
Cities + COP26 at SFU: Daily briefings at 6:30 pm BST. Links to join will be distributed.
Tackling climate change needs civil society: Insights on public engagement for climate action (Nov. 10, 6:30pm - 7:45pm BST)
Cities on the Road to Glasgow: Moving Canada Beyond Pledges is bringing together a key group of city-focused leaders to engage in collaborative action in the context of COP26. Through knowledge sharing and strategic dialogue, this session will help Canadian cities chart a course forward, encouraging a common purpose and sense of collaboration on climate that will carry through to Glasgow and beyond.
We would like to thank the Trottier Family Foundation for financially supporting this work, and thank our dialogue participants for their contributions to this discussion. We look forward to continuing to work with you all on this critical effort.