COP 21: Subnational Climate Agreement

World Climate Conference in Paris

COP 21: Subnational Climate Agreement

  • Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (r.) and the Minister for the Environment Franz Untersteller onsite the World Climate Conference COP 21 in Paris, Le Bourget.

    Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (r.) and the Minister for the Environment Franz Untersteller onsite the World Climate Conference COP 21 in Paris, Le Bourget.

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  • Minister Franz Untersteller and Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (rear from the left) together with California Governor Jerry Brown (front, second from the left), State Secretary Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter amongst other signatories.

    Minister for the Environment Franz Untersteller and Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (rear from the left) together with California Governor Jerry Brown (front, second from the left), State Secretary Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (at the right rear) amongst other signatories of the Under 2 MOU.

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  • Under 2 MOU side event and signing ceremony hosted by Baden-Württemberg at the German Pavilion, Paris, Le Bourget on 9 December 2015.

    Under 2 MOU side event and signing ceremony hosted by Baden-Württemberg at the German Pavilion, Paris, Le Bourget on 9 December 2015.

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  • State Secretary Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment.

    State Secretary Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment.

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  • Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann welcomes 43 new signatories to the Under 2 MOU.

    Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann welcomes 43 new signatories to the Under 2 MOU.

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  • At the Under 2 MOU signing ceremony: Minister for the Environment Franz Untersteller and the Panamanian Federal Minister for the Environment Mirei Endara.

    At the Under 2 MOU signing ceremony: Minister for the Environment Franz Untersteller and the Panamanian Federal Minister for the Environment Mirei Endara.

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  • At the Under 2 MOU signing ceremony: Minister for the Environment Franz Untersteller and the Hessian Minister for the Environment Priska Hinz.

    At the Under 2 MOU signing ceremony: Minister for the Environment Franz Untersteller and the Hessian Minister for the Environment Priska Hinz.

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  • At the Under 2 MOU signing ceremony: Minister for the Environment Franz Untersteller (l.) together with the Andalusian Minister for the Environment José Fiscal.

    At the Under 2 MOU signing ceremony: Minister for the Environment Franz Untersteller (l.) together with the Andalusian Minister for the Environment José Fiscal.

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On 9 December 2015 the Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg Winfried Kretschmann and the Minister for the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector Franz Untersteller traveled to the World Climate Conference in Paris (COP 21). At the German Pavilion they hosted together with the parliamentary state secretary Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment and California Governor Jerry Brown a signing ceremony and welcomed 43 new signatories to the Under 2 MOU climate agreement – bringing the tally to 123 jurisdictions representing more than 720 million people and $ 19.9 trillion in combined GCP, equivalent to more than a quarter of the global economy.

In May 2015 the Under 2 MOU originated from a close partnership between Baden-Württemberg and California wishing to bring together ambitious states and regions that are willing to commit to key measures towards emissions reduction and to help galvanize action at COP 21. The Federal Republic of Germany had already signed the Under 2 MOU as a so called “endorsing partner” in November 2015.

At the signing ceremony hosted at the German Pavilion in the blue zone of COP21 at Le Bourget Conference Center, where a large number of high-ranking government representatives participated, Panama and Costa Rica as well as the Regions Andalusia (Spain), Drenthe (The Netherlands), Hesse (Germany), Loreto (Peru), State of São Paulo (Brazil) and the Assemblée des Regions et Districts de Côte d’Ivoire (ARDCI) have signed amongst others the Under 2 MOU.

California Governor Jerry Brown in cooperation with the Minister for the Environment Franz Untersteller hosted another COP 21 side event and Under 2 MOU signing ceremony on 6 December 2015 at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence in Paris.

Within a few months this initiative has grown into a strong alliance providing a significant and active contribution towards global climate protection and thus creating a further impulse for international efforts. 


Further Information

COP 21

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Under 2 MOU

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International climate protection

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Memorandum of Understanding

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