Strasbourg, 2 November 2009
To the Presidents of the AER member regions
While only national governments can negotiate at the UN Climate Conference, nations increasingly recognize the contributions of their sub-national leaders. Various levels of government (either named specifically or through references to “all levels” of government) are mentioned approximately 100 times. Currently, sub-national governments are mentioned in all areas covered by the preparatory Working Group, namely “shared vision”, “adaptation”, “mitigation”, “finance”, “technology transfer” and “capacity-building”.
Therefore, sub national governments should continue and reinforce their efforts to seek support from other sub-national and national governments in order to make sure that the references remain in the final text to be adopted in Copenhagen in December.
This concerns also the provision of sufficient funds for regional governments to implement the protocol.
Vice President of Ile-de-France
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