Local Government Climate Session

Konin-Poznań, 9-11 December 2008 r.

The Local Government Climate Sessions (LGCS) took place on 9 December in Konin and on 10-11 December 2008 in Poznan, on the occasion of the 2008 United Nations Climate Change Conference. It gathered about 200 representatives of local and regional governments from all over the world.

Our Association was represented by Zbigniew Michniowski, President of PNEC Board and Deputy Mayor of Bielsko-Biała, and Anna Jaskuła, deputy Director of PNEC office.

During the LGCS, representatives of National Delegations were present: Australia, Belgium, European Commission, France, Germany, Indonesia, Mexico, Poland, Spain, Sri Lanka together with the Executive Secretary of UNFCCC, Mr. Ivo de Boer and the Executive Director of UN-Habitat Ms. Anna Tibaijuka and the Chair of the IPCC Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, and Director of the UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, Ms Sylvie Lemmet.

The conference participants stressed that the role of local authorities in fighting climate change should be enlarged. During several sessions the climate change prevention activities of local authorities were discussed, as well as planned protection against disasters caused by climate change. Local governments participants shared their ideas and information on RES use, co-operation with inhabitants and private entities, new solutions in green transport etc.

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