- June 06, 2023
- June 06, 2023
The climate crisis is one of the most pressing challenges of our time. Achieving our climate goals as well as mitigating and adapting to climate change require a global effort. The subnational level must form part of this effort. Cities, regions and states are increasingly critical to keeping international climate diplomacy alive, and they have stepped up to fill the void left by nation states when climate action at the federal level stalls. This event, as part of the TCB Conference 2023: Multilevel Action for Transatlantic Climate Success, will highlight subnational climate actions. Subnational actors implement national climate policies, serve as laboratories for policy innovation, and can be agenda-setters for climate action. At the same time, subnational entities can reflect differing perspectives and be a guiding post for where climate ambition needs to be strengthened. Subnational diplomacy is critical to ensuring that diplomatic doors between countries are left open throughout changing political cycles at the national level. When national political ambitions do align with subnational ambitions, subnational actors must also be elevated by national actors in the international space. After opening remarks by Dr. Stormy-Annika Mildner (Aspen Institute Germany), Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook (Bertelsmann Foundation) will moderate the discussion with Prof. Dr. Christian Flachsland (Hertie School Centre for Sustainability), Martin van der Pütten (City of Dortmund), Jasmin Miah (ICLEI) and Erin Bromaghim (City of Los Angeles).