Since the inception of the Under2 Coalition in May 2015, members have convened at conferences and events hosted around the world. Under2 leaders have brought international attention to the ambitious goals made at the subnational level, demonstrated the collective impact of subnational actions and commitments, and highlighted the diversity of approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Some key events are highlighted below.


GCAS_Vert_2Global Climate Action Summit
September 12-14, 2018
San Francisco, United States of America

The Global Climate Action Summit will demonstrate the groundswell of innovative, ambitious climate action from leaders around the world and will highlight the economic and environmental transition already underway. In doing so, the Summit will encourage progress at a critical moment that will take place at the United Nations Climate Change Conference later that year.

While national governments negotiated the Paris Agreement, its goal — to limit the increase in global temperature to under 2 degrees Celsius — can only be achieved if subnational state and local leaders, businesses, scientists, students, nonprofits, and others step up. The Summit, bringing together people from all walks of life, will showcase the surge of climate action around the world and make the case that even more must be done.

Co-Chairs include Edmund G. Brown, California Governor; Michael Bloomberg, United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change (UNFCCC); Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; and Anand Mahindra, Chair of the Mahindra Group.

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COP23Conference of the Parties 23 (COP 23)
November 6-17, 2017
Bonn, Germany

Two years after the adoption of the Paris Agreement, COP 23, organized by Fiji and held in Bonn, began the process to raise climate action ambition before 2020.

On November 11, 2017, the Under2 Coalition General Meeting took place, including state, regional, city, and national governments. The meeting delivered updates on the three work streams from the Secretariat, focused on progress achieved by members, and hosted a round table discussion on goals and priorities of the Global Climate Action Summit in 2018.

On November 12, 2017, The Climate Group and Climate Analytics hosted the event, “Leadership for 2050: sub-national action with a long-term vision.” The event updated on how global climate action is tracking against the Paris Agreement goals, outlined some key decarbonization trends, and updated on the latest science around pursuing the 1.5°C limit.

On November 14, 2017, Germany and the State of Baden-Württemberg hosted the event, “Taking full advantage of mitigation opportunities by improving measurement and transparency,” which included a signing ceremony for new members.

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Climate Week 2017Climate Week NYC
September 18-24, 2017
New York City, United States of America

The ninth Climate Week in New York City comes at a critical point in the global response to climate change as the first international conference in the United States following President Trump’s announcement to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. The summit will take place alongside the United Nations General Assembly and will bring together international leaders from business, government and civil society to showcase the unstoppable momentum of global climate action.

The Under2 Coalition held a meeting, “Advancing Climate Action, Under2 Coalition Meeting and Dialogue” on September 20, 2017. The meeting provided an update on the Global Climate Action Summit in 2018, provided an overview of the latest progress on the three work streams, and held a discussion around the key messaging for the Summit.

The Under2 Coalition welcomed new members, including The Republic of the Marshall Islands; Atlanta, Boulder, Orlando, Pittsburgh, and Montgomery County (Maryland) in the United States; Queensland in Australia; Quelimane in Mozambique; Lower Saxony and Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany.

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Under2 Clean Energy ForumUnder2 Secretariat Logo
June 7, 2017
Beijing, China

Following the inaugural Subnational Clean Energy Ministerial (Sub-CEM) hosted in San Francisco in 2016, The Climate Group hosted the Under2 Clean Energy Forum on June 7, 2017 in Beijing in partnership with the State of California, the People’s Government of Sichuan Province, and the Energy Foundation.

This was an official side event of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM8), which took place in the Chinese capital on June 6 to 8, 2017. The meeting brought together government ministers and other high-level delegates to showcase the climate leadership of Under2 Coalition members and to drive ambitious, real-world, clean energy policies and actions.

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COP22Conference of the Parties 22 (COP 22)
November 7-18, 2016
Marrakech, Morocco

At COP 22, the Under2 Coalition was championed as a way that subnationals pave the way forward on climate even under federal inaction. A wave of 29 signatories joined the Coalition, including the Alliance of Peaking Pioneer Cities in China; East Kalimantan, West Kalimantan, and South Sumatra in Indonesia; Michoácan and Tabasco in Mexico; Australian Capital Territory in Australia; and Abruzzo in Italy.

On November 13, 2016, the Under2 Coalition meeting convened delegates from over 10 jurisdictions. The meeting covered pathways to 2050 work featuring Laurence Tubiana; research on Measuring, Verification, and Reporting (MRV) emissions with a case study in Laikipia County; and analysis of action areas and policies in Under2 appendices.

On November 15, 2016, The Climate Group, C40, and Climate Analytics hosted the side event, “Under2 MOU: 2050 strategies towards 1.5 degrees C with States, Regions and Cities.”

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Climate Week 2016Climate Week NYC
September 19-25, 2016
New York City, United States of America

The Climate Group, the Under2 Coalition’s Secretariat, convened the eighth Climate Week in New York City, bringing together influential global figures from the worlds of business, government and society who are leading the low carbon transition.

Global leaders from the Under2 Coalition and the States and Regions Alliance converged at the “States and Regions” event. Presentations updated the members on the emerging activities of subnationals, and the different legal authorities of global states and regions. Members then formed breakout groups focusing on the energy actions that have been adopted in their regions, and the similarities and differences between those groups, thereby exploring ways to enhance intergovernmental collaboration.

Delegates included South Australia in Australia; Ontario and Quebec in Canada; Baden Württemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany; Jalisco in Mexico; Catalonia in Spain; California and Minnesota in the USA.

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Subnational Clean Energy Ministerial (Sub-CEM)SubCEMLogo_Color
June 1-2, 2016
San Francisco, United States of America

At the inaugural Sub-CEM hosted in San Francisco, Under2 leaders from states, cities, and provinces from around the world convened to highlight regional clean energy and climate action and collaboration. Seven new signatories, including the first state from India, joined the Under2 Coalition: Telangana, India; Veneto, Italy; Laikipia County, Kenya; City of Budapest, Hungary; City of Santiago, Chile; and the City of Sacramento and the City of Portland, USA.

During the “Subnational Leadership in Renewable Energy Resources Panel,” Governor Jerry Brown of California, Governor Jay Inslee of Washington, Governor Kate Brown of Oregon, and Environment Minister Mary Polak of British Columbia discussed the need to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by transitioning to cleaner fuels and the rapid scaling and expansion of renewable energy worldwide.

The Sub-CEM was held in conjunction with the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7), an annual meeting of national energy ministers and other high-level delegates from 23 member countries and the European Commission.

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COP21Conference of the Parties 21 (COP 21)
November 30-December 12, 2015
Paris, France

At COP 21, Under2 members demonstrated what subnational governments are doing to combat climate change and why they should be part of the global climate conversation. Several events pertained to subnational governments and Under2 Coalition members.

On December 6, 2015, a signing ceremony was held for seven new Under2 Coalition members: South Australia in Australia; Mato Grosso in Brazil; Basilicata in Italy; Navarra in Spain; the City of Austin, the City of Seattle, and the City of Oakland in USA. Another eight jurisdictions signed the agreement remotely: City of São Paulo in Brazil; Aquitaine and Midi-Pyrénées in France; Piedmont in Italy; San Martín in Peru; Jämtland Härjedalen in Sweden; the City of Bristol in the UK; and the State of Rhode Island in the USA.

On December 7, 2015, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)’s “Climate Action Dialogues: Subnationals Leading the Way” event championed cities and states that are adopting ambitious emission reduction targets, while at the same time creating economic opportunity. Participants included Under2 representatives from Acre in Brazil; British Columbia and Vancouver in Canada; Jalisco in Mexico; Cross River in Nigeria; Ucayali in Peru; and the City of Oakland and Washington in the USA.

On December 9, 2015, a signing ceremony welcomed 43 new Under2 Coalition members: Drenthe in the Netherlands; Hesse in Germany; Andalusia in Spain; Loreto in Peru; São Paulo state in Brazil; Pays de la Loire in France; and Quintana Roo in Mexico. Moreover, the three nations of Costa Rica, Panama, and Peru joined as endorsers, and the Association of the Regions of Côte d’Ivoire joined as 33 regions.

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Climate Week 2015Climate Week NYC
September 21-28, 2015
New York City, United States of America

Ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris known as COP 21, the Under2 Coalition added 14 new signatories at Climate Week in New York City. Seven signatories signed or endorsed the Under2 MOU at a ceremony: the nation of Italy; the Azores and Madeira in Portugal; the City of Nampula in Mozambique; Kathmandu Valley in Nepal; the City of Guédiawaye-Dakar in Senegal; and New York City in the USA. Seven other jurisdictions signed remotely: Northwest Territories and the City of Vancouver Columbia in Canada; Gifu Prefecture in Japan; Mexico City in Mexico; Ucayali in Peru; the City of Greater Manchester in the UK; and the City of San Francisco in the USA.

Events included “Cities Driving Sustainable Development: Endorsing the Sustainable Development Goals and Committing to Their Implementation,” where mayors from around the world endorsed the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF) GCF
June 15-18, 2015
Catalonia, Spain

The GCF is a unique, subnational collaboration between 26 states and provinces from Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Spain, and the United States whose goal is to protect forests and climate while enhancing livelihoods. Several GCF members are Under2 MOU signatories. On June 18, 2015, at the GCF’s first annual meeting in Europe the Under2 Coalition welcomed the two states of Chiapas, Mexico, and Cross River, Nigeria. Panel discussions included “New Partnerships with Private Sector and Financial Institutions,” “New Partnerships with Supply Chain Actors, Indigenous People, and Traditional Communities,” and “Subnational Innovation and Partnerships on the Road to Paris.”

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Under2 Secretariat LogoFounding Under2 MOU Ceremony 
May 19, 2015
Sacramento, United States of America

At its inaugural ceremony, 12 ambitious states became the founding signatories of the Under2 MOU. This day earmarked a first-of-its-kind agreement between subnational leaders to limit the increase in global temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius, the threshold at which scientists say there will be catastrophic efforts.

Delegates from California, USA; Baden-Württemberg, Germany; Acre, Brazil; Baja California, Mexico; and Catalonia, Spain participated in the signing ceremony, marking the first of many future occasions for collaboration. In addition, delegates from British Columbia in Canada; Oregon, Vermont, and Washington in the USA; and Wales in the UK signed remotely. The Under2 MOU provides a template for the world’s nations to work toward an international agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions ahead of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.

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