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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

Barbara Hendricks, Minister, BMUB, during the High-Level Panel on Local Action for Solutions

On Friday, ICCA2015 opened for its second day with six parallel workshops on various topics, including: taking climate action; coordination in a multi-level system; climate action as part of the New Urban Agenda; climate-friendly mobility in rural areas; forests and peatlands; and city partnerships and bilateral cooperation.

Following the workshops, a high-level panel and discussion on local action for solutions featured remarks from: Barbara Hendricks, Minister, Germany's Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB); Stefan Wenzel, Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Mitigation, Lower Saxony, Germany; Martin zur Nedden, German Institute of Urban Affairs (Difu); a video message from Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP); Henri Djombo, Minister for Sustainable Development, Forestry Economy and the Environment, Republic of Congo; Rob Hopkins, Transition Network; and Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

Throughout the day, several parallel events occurred in the Climate Neighbourhoods exhibit, notably with German youth involvement, including: presentations of youth and education projects with messages for COP 21; a youth theater; a forum on food and culture; a press walk; and a “fishbowl” discussion among students, Barbara Hendricks, Stefan Wenzel, Rob Hopkins, Thomas Köhler of Transition Towns Hanover, and Daniel Hires of SenseCube Berlin.

The Conference closed with reflections and conclusions, moderated by Stefan Wenzel and Karsten Sach, BMUB. Leads of the six workshop clusters recapped key messages and inputs to the ‘Hanover Declaration: Local Governments Driving Transformation.’ Wenzel and Sach closed the meeting, noting the Hanover Declaration will be presented at COP 21.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, has provided a summary report from ICCA2015 which is available in HTML or PDF format. Available in ENB Mobile at: http://enb.iisd.mobi/climate-icca2015/



High-Level Panel on Local Action for Solutions


Professor Martin zur Nedden, President, Difu


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

Inka Schneider, NDR Local Public TV Station


Barbara Hendricks, Minister, BMUB

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



Rob Hopkins, Transition Network, UK


Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Potsdam
Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany

Pre-recorded video message from Achim Steiner,
Executive Director of UNEP, speaking from the
UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York




Panel (L-R): Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany; Ambassador Henri Djombo, Minister for Sustainable Development, Forestry Economy and the Environment, Republic of Congo; Barbara Hendricks, Minister, BMUB; and Rob Hopkins, Transition Network, UK.



Barbara Hendricks and Henri Djombo shake
hands following the high-level panel.


An artist depicts ICCA2015 in real time.



Photos from the Workshops


WS 03: Agents of Change: Taking Climate Action: Learning from National and International Experiences


WS 18: Networks and Groups: City Partnerships and Bilateral Cooperation

WS 18: Networks and Groups


WS 06: Governance: Addressing Challenges of Climate Action in the Context of the "Energiewende" (Energy Transition)


WS 12: Infrastructure: Climate Action as Part of a New Urban Agenda: Sustainable and Liveable Cities Through Municipal Climate Policy (UN Habitat)


Monika Zimmermann, Deputy Secretary-General, ICLEI, speaking during WS 12: Infrastructure (UN Habitat)

ICCA2015 was translated into 6 languages.


WS 03: Agents of Change: Taking Climate Action: Learning from National and International Experiences


WS 18: Networks and Groups: City Partnerships and Bilateral Cooperation

WS 09: Infrastructure: Climate-Friendly Mobility in Rural Areas (Difu)


WS 15: Ecosystems: Forests and Peatlands

WS 03: Agents of Change: Taking Climate Action: Learning from National and International Experiences


WS 12: Infrastructure: Climate Action as Part of a New Urban Agenda: Sustainable and Liveable Cities Through Municipal Climate Policy (UN Habitat)


WS 15: Ecosystems: Forests and Peatlands



WS 18: Networks and Groups: City Partnerships and Bilateral Cooperation


WS 09: Infrastructure: Climate-Friendly Mobility in Rural Areas (Difu)


Culture and Climate: Forum on Food and Culture II



WS 15: Ecosystems: Forests and Peatlands

Preparing fruit for participants during the Forum on Food and Culture.


Press Event: Walk and Talk


Press Conference with Barbara Hendricks, Minister, BMUB, and Stefan Wenzel, Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Mitigation, Lower Saxony, Germany







Photos with the youthinkgreen participants


Participants at the conference shared their
messages for UNFCCC COP 21 in Paris.

Minister Barbara Hendricks shares her message for COP 21.




Fishbowl Discussion with Pupils



Minister Stefan Wenzel listens to views of students.

Konrad von Ritter, Kritter Advisory
Services, Austria, exchanges ideas with pupils.




Reflections and Closing: Conference Conclusions


Video: Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, France

(L-R): Inka Schneider, NDR Local Public TV Station; Karsten Sach, Deputy Director-General, International Cooperation, BMUB; and Stefan Wenzel, Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Mitigation, Lower Saxony, Germany.


Olav Hohmeyer, Agents of Change Cluster Lead (right)


Berthold Goeke, Governance Cluster Lead (center)

Ben Finkelstein, Finance Cluster Lead


Holger Robrecht, Infrastructure Cluster Lead


Chantal Van Ham, Ecosystems Cluster Lead (center)



Karsten Sach, Deputy Director-General,
International Cooperation, BMUB



Svenja Schuchmann, Networks and Groups Cluster Lead (right)



Lothar Nolte, Managing Director, Lower Saxony Climate and Energy Agency (center), with youth participants



Karsten Sach, Deputy Director-General, International Cooperation,
BMUB, and Stefan Wenzel, Minister for Environment, Energy
and Climate Mitigation, Lower Saxony, Germany



Around the Conference




Participants of the Young Theatre




Schloss Herrenhausen





ICCA2015 team photo


The adelphi team, conference organizers, celebrating the successful conclusion of ICCA2015.


ENB+ Team Members: Jennifer Lenhart, Brad Vincelette, and Virginia Wiseman, IISD Reporting Services

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