Open Sessions

SOU 32 - The Role of National Associations in designing and implementing Climate and Energy Action

21 Nov

21 November

14:30 to 17:30

Venue: Hivernage (Hotel Hivernage)


Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa

Tel: +233 (0) 540125686




United Cities and Local Governments of Africa

Tel: +212(0)537 260 062




Local governments face diverse climate change impacts and the Covenant of Mayors promotes the involvement of cities and local governments in addressing these challenges. This session will gather a panel of African and European representatives of national associations of local governments, local authorities, and the relevant ministries to discuss how national associations of local government can serve as key actors to enhance the process of multi-level governance for climate and energy actions with the line ministries. The objectives of the session include:
  1. Get the Ministries interested in the local climate actions
  2. Promote the principle of multi-level governance in the climate and energy sectors
  3. Present some good examples of multi-level governance in Sub-Saharan Africa
  4. Inform stakeholders of the need to bridge the gap of policy implementation between the local and the national levels in climate actions for the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement




The panel will introduce the context of multi-level governance in Sub-Saharan Africa, the essential role of national associations in driving a vertically integrated climate and energy action at local level with the aim of understanding what is happening in different countries in order to share experiences and identify good practices.

Moderator: Frédéric Vallier, Council of European Municipalities and Regions

  1. Opening remarks – Felice Zaccheo, DG DEVCO, European Commission
  2. Multi-level governance in the management of climate change impacts in Africa – Ministry of Sustainable Development and Better Living Conditions for the population, Benin
  3. Coordinating the vertical integration of climate action – Adji François, Directorate General of Decentralisation, Ministry of Interior, Côte d’Ivoire
  4. The intermediary role of national associations in local climate and energy action – Gertrude Rose Gamwera, Local Government Association of Uganda
  5. Supporting local authorities in driving multilevel climate action: a European example – Serafin Pazos-Vidal, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)
  6. The importance of multi-level governance for climate and energy action plans: lessons learnt from Clima-Med – Naguib Amin, Clima-Med
  7. Boosting the role of national associations and networks through Innovate4Cities – Elise Abbes, Global Covenant of Mayors
  8. Q&A

Coffee break – 15 minutes

World Café – 50 minutes


The third session will be dedicated to identifying recommendations for policy and good practices. Participants will be invited to exchange on the role of national associations in driving climate and energy actions through a series of questions.

Conclusions and wrap-up – 40 minutes

  1. Feedback from the group discussions
  2. Support to CoM SSA from national associations – Juliet Mekone Sale, UCLG West Africa
  3. Conclusions and recommendations


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