NDCs: What is there for Latin America big cities?

Final Workshop - Closed Event

October 19 Thursday


October 19, 2017, 8:30 - 17:15


COR - Centro de Operações Prefeitura do Rio, Sala de Crise, Rua Ulysses Guimarães, 300 - Cidade Nova, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. To the website ›



The objective of this workshop series is to help both national governments as well as selected city governments in Latin America to strengthen a dialogue process to align their NDC with existing city government initiatives on climate change.

Also available in Deutsch, Español, Português

The landmark success of the Paris Agreement must be credited to the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) of countries responsible for more than 95% of global emissions. The NDCs were a major effort by National Governments projecting their expected increases of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the coming decades, and pledging reductions of such emissions in order to limit global temperature rise up to 2oC.

Different countries have proposed different strategies and approaches to reduce emissions. In the overwhelming majority of cases, the NDCs were determined by National Governments “only”. Some level of consultation existed in many, or most countries, but engagement of sub-national entities was essentially nil. This may be understood given the pressing time that the NDCs were constructed and also, more relevant, the fact that most decisions affecting future carbon emissions of a country are responsibility of national governments: the energy mix, the percentage of renewable, emission standards, fuel standards, phase out of technologies, and many others.

Many other decisions, however, are responsibility of sub-national and local-level governments – including transportation policies, city design, waste management, building efficiency codes, consumer behavior and practices, and many others. Cities, in particular, have a crucial contribution in helping countries to arrive at a climate agreement of a global scale. To begin with, half of the world’s population lives in cities, a share that reaches 80 percent in Latin America. Cities house most built assets, generate more than 80 percent of the world GDP, are responsible for some 70-80 percent of energy consumed, and generate three quarters of energy related GHG emissions. Such concentration of people, built assets and economic activity makes cities particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. This same concentration makes it attractive and more cost-effective to focus both mitigation (and adaptation) action on cities.

The objective of this workshop series is to help both national governments as well as selected city governments in Latin America to strengthen a dialogue process to align the national NDC with existing city government plans and initiatives on climate change, which may have synergies with each other.

It appears appropriate to begin the exercise with a selected number of countries and (Mega) cities in Latin America. The Region has two Megacities with particularly strong climate plans – Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro. Other two large cities to be included are Buenos Aires and Lima. Lima hosted the first workshop of the series, which was held in March 2017, and Mexico City hosted the second workshop, which was held in May 2017.

This project is the result of the collaboration between the Regional Programme Energy Security and Climate Change in Latin America of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (EKLA-KAS) and the International Institute for Sustainability (IIS).

After a year of activities in Argentina, Mexico and Peru, we will hold a closing workshop in Rio de Janeiro, with participants from all four countries to discuss the results of the comparative study.

Registration information by email Karina.Marzano@kas.de

Programme (in Spanish)

  • Registro
    • 8h30 – 9h - Recogida de firmas de los participantes previamente registrados.
  • Palabras de bienvenida
    • 9h – 9h10 - Christian Hübner (EKLA-KAS)
  • Presentación IIS: Las NDCs y las Ciudades Latinoamericanas: Los Casos de Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo y Belo Horizonte
    • 9h15 – 10h - Sergio Margulis (IIS)
  • Pause
    • 10h – 10h15
  • Debate entre participantes: ¿Cómo armonizar las metas de la NDC Brasileña con los Planes Climáticos de las ciudades y viceversa?
    • 10h15 – 11h50 - Moderación: Karina Marzano (EKLA-KAS). Alentamos la participación activa de todos los expertos en el debate.
  • Visita guiada al Centro de Operaciones de Río
    • 11h45 – 12h15
  • Presentación de los resultados del estudio: NDCs: ¿Qué significa para las grandes ciudades de América Latina?
    • 13h30 – 14h15 - Sergio Margulis (IIS)
  • Presentaciones de Argentina, Brasil, México y Perú
    • 14h15 – 15h30 - 10 minutos cada
  • Pause
    • 15h30 – 15h45
  • Debate sobre los resultados finales
    • 15h45 – 17h15 - Moderación: Sergio Margulis (IIS)
  • Cierre
    • 17h15 - Christian Hübner (EKLA-KAS)


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Contact person

Karina Marzano Franco

Project Manager

Karina Marzano Franco
Phone +55 21 2220 5441
Fax +55 21 2220 5448
Languages: Português,‎ Deutsch,‎ English,‎ Español,‎ Français


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