The Regional Climate Weeks serve as a collaborative platform for governments and various stakeholders to discuss climate change-relevant issues “under one roof”, including action to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement, and global climate action in general. The Regional Climate Weeks is one of the networking and information exchange formats related to carbon markets and ambition raising that are supported by BMU.
The Regional Climate Weeks build on the success of the Regional Carbon Forums, which have been implemented by the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP) since 2006. The Regional Carbon Forums had evolved over time and covered other issues related to the implementation of the Paris Accord in addition to carbon markets. The format of the Regional Climate Weeks used since 2017 takes this development into account.
Organised by the Nairobi Framework Partnership together with a large group of global partners, the Climate Weeks blend high-level ministerial events with technical discussions in fora such as the NDC Dialogue. Dedicated discussion formats are also used, dealing with various topics, such as social and political drivers of climate change, carbon pricing or the use of economic instruments to drive investment in climate action.
The Regional Climate Weeks take place every year in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Asia-Pacific region. In 2019, the Regional Climate Weeks served as an important catalyst to the UN Climate Summit, which was hosted by UN Secretary-General António Guterres in New York in September of that same year. The Regional Climate Weeks 2020 were postponed to 2021.