The Durban Adaptation Charter (DAC) Secretariat has been working with a number of local and international partners to operationalize the DAC globally. The Peruvian capital city, Lima will be hosting the December 2014 UNFCCC climate change negotiations – COP20. The DAC Secretariat together with one of the DAC’s key implementing partners, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, have therefore coordinated an introduction of the DAC to Latin America through a Sustainable Cities and Climate Change Workshop that was hosted in Lima from 17th – 19th September 2014.
The aim of the workshop was to capacitate local governments in Peru around the issues of climate change, and to stimulate adaptation and mitigation action. In this respect, the DAC was presented alongside the Mexico City Pact, the DAC’s mitigation sister pact. The local governments present were encouraged to commit both to adaptation and mitigation at a signing ceremony to be held during COP20 in Peru in December 2014. This built upon a wider effort to develop a DAC presence in, especially, the developing regions of the globe in an effort to understand what those regional climate change challenges and needs are. This information is needed in order for ICLEI to advocate on behalf of DAC signatories within the UNFCCC negotiating process at COP21 in Paris in 2015, when the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action will be finalised. It is critical that the voice of local governments is represented in this agreement to ensure that local governments are given a strong mandate to pursue climate change appropriate and accelerated development in the globe’s poorer economies.
During the Lima Sustainable Cities and Climate Change Workshop, substantial progress was made towards realising a DAC Regional Hub Partnership in Latin America. Meetings were held with US State Department and Bogotá city officials around obtaining support for the first DAC Regional Hub Partnership between Bogotá and Philadelphia in Latin America. Discussions were also held with San Francisco City officials around developing a partnership with Lima.
Adaptation opportunities will be linked with the DAC reporting mechanism (the carbonn registry), and a DAC communication hub will be established to link signatory cities with funding agencies. This will be trialed with Bogotá and Latin American cities.