The Committee of Regions, established in 1994, is the voice of regions and cities in the European Union. It was created in order to facilitate the involvement of regions in crafting European laws, 75% of which impact regions.
The Climate Group is an award-winning, international non-profit. Our goal is a prosperous, low carbon future. We believe this will be achieved through a ‘clean revolution’: the rapid scale-up of low carbon energy and technology.
We work with corporate and government partners to develop climate finance mechanisms, business models which promote innovation, and supportive policy frameworks. We convene leaders, share hard evidence of successful low carbon growth, and pilot practical solutions which can be replicated worldwide.
Founded in 2005 by a visionary group of global Governors and Premiers, The Climate Group States & Regions has since grown to a network of 27 state & regional government members and 41 regional government affiliates. Together, members of the Alliance govern 313 million people, represent 11% of global GDP and approx. 2 Gigatons of GHG emissions.
The Climate Group States & Regions governments represent some of the most significant economies and some of the largest population centers around the world. All are leaders on climate policy in their respective regions.
Our offices are in Greater China, North America, India and Europe.
FOGAR – Regions United was founded in 2007 in Cape Town, and includes over 900 regions from around the world. The orgamization aims to gain recognition of regions as major players of global governance.
The Assembly of European Regions is the largest independent network of regional authorities in wider Europe, bringing together regions from 35 countries along with 15 interregional organisations. Established in 1985, AER is a forum for interregional co-operation and a lobbyist for regional interests on the European stage. AER’s policies are driven by a Presidium and Bureau consisting of regional presidents and high-level politicians. Those policies are implemented within three working Committees and two transversal issues, which are chaired by regional politicians and co-ordinated by staff within AER’s General Secretariat in Strasbourg and Brussels. The committees are pragmatic, non-bureaucratic structures that continuously evolve and respond to the diverse needs of AER members.
NEAR, the largest interregional cooperative organization in Asia with the participation of 71 regional governments from six countries, including China, Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, North Korea, and Russia, representing 446 million peoples, was founded to contribute to the prosperity of Northeast Asia and global peace by building exchange and cooperation based on the spirit of reciprocity and equality in regional governments.
The Paris City Hall has for many years been active in its efforts to protect the environment. Its Climate-Energy Plan for Paris aims to reduce GHG emissions by 25% by 2020 against 2004 levels, and by 75% by 205.
The Global fund for cities development (FMDV) was created in October 2010 at the initiative of Metropolis, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and 34 founding members (cities and city networks). It is an international political organisation which aims to strengthen solidarity and financial capacity by and among local authorities and is complementary to existing mobilisation, coordination and advocacy networks.
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is an international association of more than 1000 local and metropolitan governments in 84 countries dedicated to sustainable development. ICLEI promotes local action for global sustainability and has been an advocate for strong local climate action since the early 90s when starting its Cities Climate Protection Campaign. Thirteen offices around the world support cities to become sustainable, resilient, resource-efficient, biodiverse, low-carbon; to build a smart infrastructure; and to develop an inclusive, green urban economy with the ultimate aim to achieve healthy and happy communities.
The organisation’s premise is that locally designed and driven initiatives can provide an effective and cost-efficient way to achieve local, national, and global sustainability objectives.
The Global Cities Covenant on Climate, “the Mexico City Pact” consists of two parts: the first mentions considerations as to why cities are strategic in combating global warming: the second establishes a set of voluntary commitments to promote strategies and actions aimed at mitigating GHG emissions and adapting cities to the impacts of climate change. The Mexico City Pact scales up the cities’ role and efforts in combating climate change globally. The Pact is a voluntary initiative of mayors and local authority representatives that consists of ten action points. By signing the Pact, signatories commit to advance local climate action, including the reduction of emissions, adaptation to the impacts of climate change and fostering city-to-city cooperation.
Energy Cities is the European association of local authorities in energy transition. With a membership of over 1,000 local authorities in 30 countries, Energy Cities aims to accelerate the energy transition by reinforcing its members’ capacity for action. From 2013 to 2015, Energy Cities is under the Presidency of the City of Heidelberg (Germany) with a Board of Directors of 11 European cities.
Metropolis, World Association of the Major Metropolises, is the leading international organization that gathers cities and metropolitan regions with more than a million inhabitants. Created in 1985, the Metropolis Association is represented by more than 130 members from across the world and operates as an international forum for exploring issues and concerns common to all big cities and metropolitan regions. Metropolis also manages the Metropolitan Section of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG).
The Economic, Social and Environmental Council (ESEC) is a constitutional consultative assembly. It represents key economic, social and environmental fields, promoting cooperation between different socio-professional interest groups and ensuring they are part of the process of shaping and reviewing public policy. It is headquartered at the Palais d’Iena in Paris.
Collegium International, is a high-level group created in 2002. The Collegium is committed, according to its founders “to respond intelligently and forcefully to the decisive challenges facing humankind”. An appeal calling for the Collegium’s establishment was made public in February 2002 in New York and its membership was officially presented on 2 April 2003 in Brussels before the European Parliament. Collegium members and associate members, signatories of the Appeal, are scientists, philosophers and present and former Heads of State and Government.
Fundación Pensar is an institution dedicated to two fundamental tasks. The first is the development of diplomatic activities that seek to establish local and international links between governments, civil society and businesspeople to encourage the growth of sustainable and equitable societies. Secondly, the foundation is a space for intellectual creativity that investigates interconnections between different knowledge areas such as the environment, the economy, psychoanalysis, sociology, psychiatry, politics, art, the neurosciences and culture in general.
Created after the 1992 Rio conference, Comité 21 aims at implementing sustainable development in organizations, companies and territories. It has been a forerunner in engaging sustainable development issues amongst various stakeholders in France. This unique network counting more than 500 members bases its action on multi-actors partnerships, operational action and innovation with more than 130 businesses (multinational companies and SMEs), 185 local authorities (city councils, departments and regions), 185 NGOs (environmental, development, local solidarity, human rights), 32 public institutes and higher education institutions. UNEP and UNDP are also members by right.
Eurodyssey is an exchange programme of the Assembly of European Regions (AER) which allows young job seekers aged between 18 and 30 to benefit from a traineeship placement abroad for a period of between three to seven months. The objective is to allow young people to gain professional experience as well as to improve their knowledge of a foreign language. The main stakeholders in this programme are therefore young people, businesses and regions.
CDP is an international, not-for-profit organization providing the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information. We work with market forces to motivate companies to disclose their impacts on the environment and natural resources and take action to reduce them. See more at www.cdp.net
The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group: The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) brings together business leaders from major UK, EU, and international companies who believe that there is an urgent need to develop new and longer term policies for tackling climate change. – See more at:http://www.cisl.cam.ac.uk/business-platforms/the-prince-of-wales-corporate-leaders-group.aspx#sthash.25fBf2Rt.dpuf