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International Conference on Climate Action (ICCA2015)
Local Governments Driving Transformation

1-2 October 2015 | Hanover, Germany


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ICCA2015

ICCA2015 opens to a full house

The International Conference on Climate Action: Local Governments Driving Transformation (ICCA2015) began today in Hanover, Germany, with opening speeches delivered by: Stefan Wenzel, Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Mitigation, Lower Saxony, Germany; Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary, Germany's Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB); Philippe Etienne, Ambassador of France to Germany; Henri Djombo, Minister for Sustainable Development, Forestry Economy and the Environment, Republic of Congo; and Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN-Habitat.

A panel on ‘Climate Diplomacy’ convened in the afternoon with representatives of federal and local governments, academia and youth. A mini simulation of the climate negotiations was held in conjunction with the panel, with participants representing countries and offering emission reduction commitments.

A ‘Climate Neighborhoods’ exhibit opened in the afternoon, allowing participants to explore projects from municipalities, schools, networks and research institutions. The exhibit’s programme today featured a ‘Science Lab’ on research originating from the state of Lower Saxony.

Twelve workshops took place throughout the day under six clusters: agents of change; governance; finance; infrastructure; ecosystems; and networks and groups.

In the evening, representatives of German city and district networks spoke during a roundtable on ‘Local Climate Action at its Best.’ Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Parliamentary State Secretary, BMUB, delivered a keynote address and introduced the Climate Action Award for Local Government 2015, which honors German cities and districts for climate action in three categories: Cooperation; Energy and Climate Management; and Participation. The nine winners were awarded €25,000 each.

An evening reception was held in honor of the participants.

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Opening Ceremony


Stefan Wenzel, Minister for Environment, Energy
and Climate Mitigation, Lower Saxony, Germany

Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary, BMUB


Ambassador Philippe Etienne, France


Ambassador Henri Djombo, Minister for Sustainable Development, Forestry Economy and the Environment, Republic of Congo

Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN-Habitat



Inka Schneider, NDR Local Public TV Station



Climate Diplomacy Panel


Panel (L-R): Hermann Ott, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy; Nick Reimer, Klimaretter.info; Franzjosef Schafhausen, BMUB; Stefan Wenzel, Lower Saxony Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Mitigation; Monika Zimmermann, ICLEI Deputy Secretary General; Miranda Schreurs, Freie Universität’s Environmental Policy Research Centre; and Inka Schneider, NDR Local Public TV Station.


Franzjosef Schafhausen, BMUB, and Stefan Wenzel, Lower Saxony Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Mitigation

Monika Zimmermann, ICLEI Deputy Secretary General, Miranda Schreurs, Freie Universität’s Environmental Policy Research Centre, and Inka Schneider, NDR Local Public TV Station


Hermann Ott, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, and Nick Reimer, Klimaretter.info


Photos from the Workshops


WS 13: Ecosystems: Urban Green: Possible Actions in Municipalities to Improve the Quality of Open Spaces (Difu)


WS 10: Infrastructure: Adapting to Climate Change


WS 07: Finance: Financing Mechanisms for Local Climate Action

WS 16: Networks and Groups: Multi-National Networks of Local Actors


WS 07: Finance: Financing Mechanisms for Local Climate Action

WS 05: Governance: Coordination, Dialogue and Knowledge Management in a Multi-Level System: Strategic Projects Supporting Local Climate Action


WS 04: Governance: Local Climate Action as an Introduction to Transformation Process


WS 01: Agents of Change: Pioneering Local Climate Change Action


WS 01: Agents of Change: Pioneering Local Climate Change Action


WS 05: Governance: Coordination, Dialogue and Knowledge Management in a Multi-Level System: Strategic Projects Supporting Local Climate Action



WS 14: Ecosystems: Small Islands Taking Climate Action


WS 02: Agents of Change: Capacities for Local Climate Action


WS 11: Infrastructure: Energy-Efficient Building and Construction

WS 14: Ecosystems: Small Islands Taking Climate Action


WS 14: Ecosystems

Programme Climate Neighborhoods


WS 07: Finance: Financing Mechanisms for Local Climate Action


WS 08: Finance: Inclusive Climate Action


WS 17: Networks and Groups: Cooperation within Regions (Covenant of Mayors)


Climate Action Awards for Local Government 2015


(L-R): Franzjosef Schafhausen, BMUB; Mayor Stefan Schostok, Hanover; Mayor Roland Schäfer, Bergkamen; District Administrator Bernhard Reuter, Göttingen; and Inka Schneider, NDR Local Public TV Station.


Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Parliamentary State Secretary, BMUB

Detlef Raphael, Councilor of the Association of German Cities


Recipients of the German "Climate Action Award for Local Government 2015" in the category of Local Climate Action through Cooperation


Recipients of the German "Climate Action Award for Local Government 2015" in the category of Local Energy and Climate Action Management


Mayor Roland Schäfer, Bergkamen

District Administrator Bernhard Reuter, Göttingen


Recipients of the German "Climate Action Award for Local Government 2015" in the category of Local Climate Action through Participation



All recipients of the 2015 German Climate Action Awards for Local Government


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