International Climate Leadership

Read Amy Holm and Craig Ebert’s Statement on the U.S. Subnational Delegation Attending COP25

The Climate Registry Hosts Delegation of States at COP25

The Climate Registry and the Climate Action Reserve hosted a bipartisan delegation of governors, senior government officials, business leaders, academics and NGOs at the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Madrid, Spain from December 7-14, 2019.

TCR and the Climate Action Reserve’s website (copdelegation.org) is dedicated to our joint delegation. The website provides details on our COP activities, resources for delegates, and information on how you can support our delegation.

Our Role at UNFCCC Conference of Parties

Sub-national leadership is critical if we are to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and curb the worst consequences of climate change.

TCR and the Climate Action Reserve has two primary objectives at COP: (1) to provide a platform for North American sub-national jurisdictions to showcase their climate policies, and (2) to enable learning and exchange opportunities between our delegates and those from other countries and regions.

We are proud to support governors and agency directors in their efforts to combat climate change.

In partnership with the Climate Action Reserve, The Climate Registry has led delegations of governors, senior government officials, business leaders, academics and other NGOs to the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations for almost a decade, beginning with COP 13 in Bali in 2006.

… national governments simply cannot by themselves reduce emissions at the unprecedented rates needed to achieve key milestones made under the Paris Agreement. Subnational governments – cities, states, provinces and the partnerships that exist among these groups – need to align local action with the Paris Agreement. Business, academic and civil society communities need to be active in the shift to a new kind of development. Without local action – in the Americas and in every region on every continent of the planet – we will not accomplish our global goals.” -Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC

For information on previous COP delegations, please see our COP Archive.

International Focus at Events

At the 2020 Climate Leadership Conference, TCR participated in a Strategy Exchange Session focused on the UNFCCC process and the importance of subnational and corporate leaders to participate in the process. Speakers included Julie Cerqueira, Executive Director of the U.S. Climate Alliance; Rob Kay, Principal Consultant on Climate and Resilience at ICF; and Ignacio Fernandez, Senior Advisor on Climate Policy at Southern California Edison.

TCR also launched the international Carbon Neutrality Database project at the 2020 Climate Leadership Conference.