Policy & Regulation

COP23: regional pledges outpace national ambitions

Regional governments in some countries have been increasingly active on climate change, outpacing national ambitions Regional governments in some countries have been increasingly active on climate change, outpacing national ambitions.
By Annemarie Botzki 14 November 2017 0 28385
A coalition of US cities and states have pledged their commitment to the Paris agreement. A coalition of US cities and states have pledged their commitment to the Paris agreement. (UN Climate Change, Flickr)

A slew of carbon reduction pledges by non-state actors at COP23 has left official negotiators scrambling to update climate targets. 

The COP23 UN climate conference in Bonn, Germany is taking place between 6 and 17 November and features two zones. While negotiations are taking place between official delegations in the Bula Zone, side-events including non-state actors are under way in the Bonn Zone.

At non-state level, a coalition led by California Governor Jerry Brown and Michael Bloomberg, representing a group of non-federal actors equivalent in size to...