Boise Mayor Lauren McLean will attend the COP28 UN World Climate Action summit in Dubai, UAE in December. She will be accompanied by Steve Burgos, Boise Director of Public Works. While on the trip, Boise taxpayers will continue paying the wages of both.
“COP” stands for Conference of the Parties. This refers to the countries that have elected to participate in the climate goals of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). From the COP28 website,
“The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international climate summit, which is held annually unless the Parties (the countries involved) decide otherwise. At COPs, world leaders gather to work together on solutions to tackle climate change. There are now 198 Parties (197 countries plus the European Union) to the Convention, constituting near universal membership.Advertisement
COP28 UAE will be one of the largest and most important international gatherings in 2023, followed closely around the world. As the world’s highest decision-making process on climate issues, it is expected to host over 70,000 delegates, including heads of state and world leaders, to build consensus and facilitate progress on climate action among 197 countries, the EU and thousands of non-government organizations, companies, youth groups, and other stakeholders.”
The summit is hosted by the COP28 Presidency, as well as Michael Bloomberg, the UN Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions, and one of the organizations he created, Bloomberg Philanthropies.
COP28 comes eight years after COP21, which took place in Paris in 2015. The President-Designate for COP28 UAE, H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, explains,
“At COP21 in 2015, the world agreed to limit global warming to 1.5°C compared to pre-industrial levels by 2050. To remain on target, science tells us that emissions must be halved by 2030. We only have another seven years to meet that goal. COP28 UAE is a prime opportunity to rethink, reboot, and refocus the climate agenda.
Working with the UNFCCC Executive Secretary alongside the UN Climate Change High-Level Champion and the UAE Youth Climate Champion, I will strive to build consensus amongst parties to drive climate action. Together, we will prioritize efforts to accelerate emissions reductions through a pragmatic energy transition, reform land use, and transform food systems. We will work to mobilize solutions for vulnerable countries, operationalize loss and damage, and deliver the most inclusive Conference possible.”
Ahmed Al Jaber
From the Bloomberg Philanthropies website,
“…on December 1-2, 2023 in Dubai, the COP28 Local Climate Action Summit will aim to bring together hundreds of subnational climate leaders – mayors, governors, businesses, non-government organizations, and more – who are increasingly critical in helping national governments reach emissions reduction targets and net-zero ambitions while building resilient and future-proof economies and societies.
“For the world to tackle climate change effectively, mayors and governors need a bigger seat at the table – and while we have a come a long way since we convened mayors at COP21 in Paris, greater collaboration is still needed between local leaders, the private sector, national governments and international finance institutions,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, UN Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions and founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies. “This Local Climate Action Summit will be a major opportunity to empower local and regional governments – who are already leading the way in reducing emissions – to be bolder and move faster.” “
Bloomberg Philanthropies website further explains the four goals and themes which are the focus of the summit:
“COP28 will be a pivotal moment to deliver a robust collective response to the latest climate science to reset global climate efforts. The COP Presidency will welcome the inaugural global delegation of mayors and governors at the World Climate Action Summit, which will firmly establish subnational governments’ voices in global climate talks. The complementary COP28 Local Climate Action Summit will unite subnational and national leaders to establish a new paradigm for fully integrated climate action between governments at all levels across four core themes:
- Transforming Local Climate Finance: Strengthen sustainable financial mechanisms to mobilize the trillions of dollars in public and private investment needed globally at the subnational level to deliver real change.
- Integrating Local Contributions to Enhance Global Action: Incorporate local implementation into national and international climate policy design and determine how best to factor subnational action into future national and global climate goals, including for 2030.
- Fast-tracking the Local Energy Transition: Propel rapid advancements across pivotal sectors and surface new strategies to deliver ambitious results locally.
- Strengthening Local Resilience and Adaptation: Protect residents and infrastructure from immediate and future climate risks.”
Bloomberg Philanthropies talks about the importance of and focus on cities and local governments in the implementation of the COP28 goals. The summit will be the inaugural meeting of local leaders in this effort.
“The COP28 Local Climate Action Summit will be a first-of-its-kind gathering to recognize the critical role local leaders play in reducing emissions, addressing climate risk, and supercharging national efforts to move further and faster on climate progress. Hosted by the COP28 Presidency and Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Summit aims to bring together hundreds of national and subnational climate leaders to transform climate finance, enhance global action, fast-track the energy transition, and strengthen resilience and adaptation at the local level. This Summit is backed by world-leading networks of local leaders including the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), US Conference of Mayors, the Under2 Coalition, and others.”
McLean submitted a budget request to Boise City Council for her regular wages, as well as those of Burgos, to be paid while they are in UAE for the summit. The City of Boise website shows that both were approved by the Council.
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