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Territorial Approach to Climate Change. A global partnership between the United Nations and Sub-national authorities. Regions: a solution to climate change. United Nations Environment Programme - UNEP. Established in 1972 as the voice of the environment within the UN system

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    1. Territorial Approach to Climate Change A global partnership between the United Nations and Sub-national authorities Regions: a solution to climate change

    2. United Nations Environment Programme - UNEP • Established in 1972 as the voice of the environment within the UN system • Promotes environmental science and information • Fosters environmental policies and legislation • Promotes global collaboration on environmental issues • Promotes coherent implementation of environmental dimensions in sustainable development

    3. UNEP’s Climate Change Strategy • Strenghten the ability of countries to integrate climate change responses into national development processes • UNEPs Climate Change strategy acknowledges the role of subnational governments as key to finding solutions

    4. UNEP’s climate change thematic areas of work Theme 1: Adaptation Adapting by building resilience to a changing climate; Theme 2: Mitigation Facilitating a transition towards low carbon societies; Theme 3: Science Improving understading of climate change science; Theme 4: Communication Communicating and raising awareness.

    5. TACC Background TACC as a global action came into existence with the recognition by sub-national authorities that urgent and collective action was needed to be taken to respond appropriately to climate change - Saint Malo Declaration, October 2008 • TACC is a UN partnership - UNDP, UNEP, UNITAR, UN-Habitat, with Associations of Regions - nrg4SD, Climate Group, FOGAR, CPMR, AIRF, ARE, OLAGI and Northern Forum • TACC focuses on the level of governance covering territories below the national level - depending on the governance structure, these include, states, provinces, local authorities, cities - usually referred to as ‘regions’ or ‘local governments’

    6. TACC Overall Objective Increased resilience to Climate Change impacts and reduced carbon footprint in regions in developing countries and countries with economies in transition achieved through Awareness Raising and Capacity Building and development of Integrated Territorial Climate Plans

    7. Phases and Institutional framework 5 Years Led by UNDP Led by UNDP Led by UNEP

    8. TACC Phase I Objectives TACC objectives • Strengthened information and knowledge base within participating regions on climate change science and vulnerability • Enhanced institutional capacity of sub-national authorities to develop and design tools, strategies and action plans • Augmenting cooperation, networking and exchange of knowledge and expertise between sub-national authorities

    9. Phase I Outputs • Compendium of climate change related needs and best practices by regions • Training material and tools for use by sub-national authorities • Awareness raising and training workshops covering 500 sub-national authorities • Interactive web-based support facility • South-South and South-North networks cooperating and exchanging knowledge

    10. Phase I Workshops - target • In the first year (2009-2010), the target is to organize at least 4 workshops, one each in Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe, for at least 75 sub-national authorities. • In Europe, the first workshop will be held in Tirana, Albania, from 23rd to 25th June 2010.

    11. Phase I Workshops – awareness raising and training Based on needs assessment surveys, taking into account ecosystems and ecological zones, sub-national authorities are informed of: • The international climate change policy framework and its implications for national, sub-national and local level action; • General causes and effects of climate change and how to access sources of credible scientific information; • Objectives, benefits and methods of developing an Integrated Territorial Climate Plan within a coherent multi-level governance framework; • Sources and mechanisms of financing available to support sub-national action on climate change; • Approaches and methods to foster sustained capacity development in the sub-national and local authorities, including human resource and skills development.

    12. Phase I Workshops – training sessions • Peer review meeting organised in Geneva from 11th to 13th May 2010 Session 1: Introduction of the Territorial Dimension of Climate Change Session 2: Climate Change Science, Causes and Impacts Session 3: International Climate Change Policy Framework Session 4: Adapting to Climate Change at the Territorial Level Session 5: Mitigating Climate Change at the Territorial level Session 6: TACC Methodology Session 7: Financial Sources to Support Climate Change Action Session 8: Strenghtening information exchange and taking action

    13. Phase I Web-based Portal Working session to discuss the modalities of a web based portal was organized by UNEP in Barcelona 5 November 2009; attended by UNDP, UNITAR, nrg4SD, the Climate Group • Based on existing platforms, networks and resources, provide access to: • Project Information • Tools and methodologies • Good practices • Sub-national Resource Center • Networking • Partnership links

    14. How TACC can help you • Access and use up-to-date climate change science, information, tools and good practices • Put in place a partnership and governance framework to address the cross-sectoral nature of climate change. • Develop a climate profile* and draft a climate change strategy and action plan to ensure a programmatic approach to climate change TACC helps sub-national authorities to: *Assessment of present and future climate risks, adaptive capacity needs and energy service provision referred to in the IPCC scenarios and recommendations

    15. How you can support TACC • Sharing expertise, knowledge and methodologies • Sharing good practices, lessons learnt for mitigation and adaptation at the sub-national level • Participating in regional workshops • Joining Associations of Sub-national authorities

    16. Thank you for your attention!