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Climate Chance: new "Climate Generation Spaces" summit in 2016

Climate Chance, a global event launched at the COP21 in Le Bouget, is the next meeting point for all non-state actors involved in the fight against climate change, which is intended to become a regular feature. The first edition of Climate Chance will be hosted in Nantes from 26 to 28 September 2016, at the Cité, the Nantes Convention Centre.
Collectivities, companies, associations, trade unions, scientific bodies and citizens of all countries are at the forefront of the fight against climate change: uhe world summit for civil society dedicated to climate change will be held for the first time in 2016 and will be hosted by the city of Nantes. 
Nantes, a metropolis known for its lead on climate and environmental issues, will invite these players to meet regularly to exchange and share the concrete solutions they are successfully experimenting in the field. This first world summit of non-state actors involved in this fight will therefore take place from 26 to 28 September 2016 in Nantes.

First international summit to accelerate climate action

As a global event, Climate Chance aims to become the regular meeting place for all non-state actors involved in the daily fight against climate change, and will welcome participants from all over the world. This summit will be an opportunity to outline the state of the action throughout the world, to deepen the exchanges on successes as well as difficulties and to encourage the sharing of experiences and innovations, in order to identify the opportunities arising from this determined fight. "Climate Chance must be the meeting place for all non-state actors, an accelerator for climate action." underlines Johanna Rolland, President of Nantes Métropole.
"At the Ecocity Summit in 2013, we demonstrated the capacity of non-state actors to work together. After the Lyon summit in July 2015, the Nantes meeting will anchor the collaboration between non-state actors for the long term, without whose mobilization the states will not achieve their own commitments on greenhouse gas reduction". adds Ronan Dantec, Nantes City Councillor and UCLG climate spokesperson.

Concrete dialogue between local and international civil society

A few months after COP21, the civil society meeting in Nantes will therefore draw the first lessons from the commitments made by the States and their first concrete achievements. Plenary sessions and forums, with key figures in international climate action, will provide an opportunity to explore key issues such as the inseparable link between climate and development, the new framework for sustainable cities, the financing of climate action, the mobilization of local actors, women and young people, etc. 
A few weeks away from Habitat III in Quito and COP22 in Morocco, this summit will also be an opportunity to deliver the new common messages from non-state actors. "COP21 is just the beginning: after the time for negotiations will come the time for action. Resolute action." continues Johanna Rolland.

Nantes, ambitions and concrete actions for the climate

Far from being a coincidence, the initiative of the city of Nantes to host this first world summit reflects the city's historic commitment to the fight against climate change and the preservation of the environment. Elected Green Capital of Europe in 2013 and spokesperson for the climate of the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) network, the city has a determined ambition in this area, which is reflected in concrete actions. For example, since 2010, the policy of energy management within its almost 900,000 m² portfolio has been rewarded each year by the European label Cit'ergie, deployed in France by ADEME. 
New actions in favour of the peaceful city, the optimisation of goods transport in the city and energy renovation are being studied, such as the supply of 50% to social housing by heating networks in 2020, the reduction of 10% in the volume of household waste collected by 2020 or the reduction of 50% in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

The contribution at the heart of the system

A call for contributions will be launched from January 15 to April 7, 2016 to all non-state actors who wish to present and share their initiatives, innovations, action reports, reflection ... to select the papers that will feed the workshops. The chosen themes - adaptation, territorial cooperation and planning, economy and employment, forests, transport, energy... - will all be addressed with the key words of a successful action: Thinking, Doing, Mobilizing, Financing.
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