On 27 September 2016, UNU-IAS convened a workshop on the topic of city-to-city cooperation at Climate Chance: Climate Actors World Summit in Nantes, France. The session was organized as part of the UNU-IAS Low-Carbon Technology Transfer (LCT) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) projects. The panel assembled experts with backgrounds in different dimensions of local low-carbon development. The session was moderated by Christopher Doll (Research Fellow, UNU-IAS) who presented on the activities of Japanese cities in promoting low-carbon technologies.
Other presentations focused on the role of city networks (Michael Woodbridge, ICLEI), the role of decentralization in spurring local energy transitions in Europe (Gilles Lepesant, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), and, finally, the challenges in education of both of city administrations and citizens to promote low-carbon development (Philip Vaughter, Research Fellow, UNU-IAS). The discussion focused on how the role and interplay between top-down and bottom-up strategies become critical at the local level, especially when mediating issues of technology, community, and policy.
Climate Chance marked the first global climate change summit of non-state actors.