Today climate change is globally recognised as a common and one of the major challenges of the 21st century. In order to tackle the issue, all possible forces should be mobilised and brought together. Local authorities more than others, experience a direct impact of the environmental changes and in the meantime, are key players in fighting against climate challenges. In addition to their various actions territorial level, local and regional authorities, through decentralized cooperation, i.e. though cooperation among LRAs, exchange their experiences and share good practices worldwide and doing so increase the efficiency of their efforts.
On April 15, 2015 Île-de-France region is organising a symposium entitled "Climate Change and Regional Authorities: local actions, global cooperation" in the city of Paris. The event will bring together the development cooperation representatives of Île-de-France region as well as experts and civil society organisations. It will provide a framework for reflection and debate on the external actions of the authorities in the fight against climate change. Joint statement by Île-de-France region and international partners will be developed and presented as their contribution as decentralised cooperation actors to COP 21 taking place in the end of this year.
This event is also be an occasion for raising awareness among the citizens of Île-de-France region and will get them familiar with developments and reflections on the role of communities in tackling climate change issues and their contribution of global cooperation in this context.
The symposium will address several topics such as the role of local authorities in confronting climate change, relation between economic development, solidarity and climate and position of local authorities in international dialogue.