New York, USA - The 2016 Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL) Board Meeting took place from April 12th to 13th, at the One UN Hotel in New York.
The meeting gave board members from 11 countries the opportunity to review LoCAL’s progress and accomplishments as well as highlighting the new goals for the upcoming year.
The Board emphasized the importance of the role of the local governments in the LDCs to increase resilience against climate change.
The LoCAL programme will continue to enable local governments to cope with the increased cost of building resilience to climate change and natural disasters. It is designed to reinforce existing national and sub-national financial and fiscal delivery systems in line with the Paris Agreement, which strongly emphasizes the role of sub-national governments in its implementation.
“I am happy to see how vital and dynamic [LoCAL] has become and continues to be. It's more than an experiment; it's becoming a new way of working and creating partnerships and recognizing the role of the local governments [in increasing resilience]."
'It is a big moment for KEI to become a strong partner in the LoCAL programme with this agreement. KEI has made numerous ways to support developing countries, but this agreement is absolutely phenomenal.'
LoCAL also announced key partnerships with two leaders in their fields: World Resources Institute (WRI) and Korean Environment Institute (KEI). With their additional expertise in monitoring and evaluation and climate science, LoCAL’s mechanism will be further strengthened.
Moreover, representatives from the European Union (EU), the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and partner countries, such as Sweden and Belgium, made statements at the Board meeting expressing support for LoCAL’s continued work.