Cities & Regions Pavilion – TAP2015 at COP21

A Pavilion by and for local and regional governments, raising ambition, awareness and visibility of real and potential local climate action.


Hosted by the City of Paris and the City of Bristol, European Green Capital 2015.


30 November – 11 December 2015, Paris-Le Bourget / Climate Generations areas, France.


The advocacy base of local and sub-national governments (Local Governments and Municipal Authorities) at COP21, building on the experience of the Local Government Climate Lounge at COP15 in Copenhagen.

Thematic sessions and workshops relating to climate change featuring cities, regions and their partners, raising ambition, awareness and visibility of real and potential local climate action.

Daily TAP Time sessions showcasing transformative climate actions in the framework of the Transformative Action Program (TAP).

Draft program for the Cities&Regions Pavilion - TAP2015 (as of 15 October 2015)

Cities & Regions Pavilion – TAP2015 at COP21

• 30 November – 11 December 2015 at COP21 in Paris-Le Bourget, France.

• Jointly organized by ICLEI, R20, UCLG, C40, Eurocities, AIMF, etc.

• Facilitated by ICLEI.

• Hosted by the City of Paris and the City of Bristol (European Green Capital 2015).

• Endorsers: UN Climate Change Secretariat, Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance, Troika of COP19-20-21 Presidencies, LGMA Constituency to the UNFCCC, Compact of Mayors, Compact of States and Regions, Local Government Climate Roadmap.

• Sponsors: City of Bristol (European Green Capital 2015), AFD, The Region of Nord-Pas de Calais, R20, GDF SUEZ/ENGIE, The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and many others.

• Strong synergy with parallel events such as the Climate Summit for Local Leaders, UCLG World Council, C40-SIEMENS City Climate Leadership Awards, and the CEMR European Summit.

The Cities & Regions Pavilion – TAP2015 is facilitated by ICLEI – Local governments for Sustainability in its capacity as LGMA Constituency focal point to the UNFCCC. It is supported by and co-coordinated by various partners, including city and region networks, and is part of the Local Government Climate Roadmap to Paris.

It will be made possible through the financial and in-kind contribution of countless partners, with initial funding from Bristol, the 2015 Green European Capital.

The Cities & Regions Pavilion – TAP2015 is:

A 310m² Pavilion located in the “Climate Generations Areas / Espaces Générations Climat”, the designated civil society area at the UNFCCC COP21 in Paris-Le Bourget.

A service to local and regional governments and organizations working with and for them that are keen to raise the level of ambition, scope and visibility of local climate action within and outside the international climate negotiations and related debates.

A space for debate, special thematic sessions, encounters, presentations, exchanges and much more.

A space of interaction between the actors involved in the Transformative Actions Program (TAP) – a long term action plan which aims at supporting investment in urban areas and contributing to the elaboration of new finance mechanisms for climate actions led by local and subnational governments.

The Pavilion will enhance the credibility and visibility of these ambitious, innovative actions, by providing a space where local and subnational governments can present them and engage in dialogues with implementation partners and national and global financing institutions.

Throughout the COP21, high level representatives of subnational authorities will deliver speeches and address key messages within the Pavilion.

The Pavilion will also engage with national delegations, inviting them to explore innovative acceleration activities that can be replicated in their own country contexts.

How can local and regional governments be involved in the Cities & Regions Pavilion – TAP2015?

Local Governments and subnational Authorities will have the opportunity to participate in various ways:

  • organize or co-organize a thematic session at the Pavilion,
  • rent an information stand for exclusive use during 1, 2 or more days,
    gain visibility and outreach through one of the media packages to be released during COP21,
  • engage in the many other activities at the Pavilion,
  • attend and/or contribute to the regular briefing sessions specially tailored to local and subnational governments, offered each morning by the TAP2015 Pavilion Advocacy team,


National governments, agencies, embassies, foundations and businesses

can participate in and support the Pavilion by (co-)organizing and (co-)funding sessions, presentations, dialogues, exhibitions and other events.


Fees for sessions, information stand and media packages apply in order to cover the costs of rent, technical support and other organizational services, as well as supporting the travel of a number of under-funded participants from developing countries. Preferential fees apply to local and subnational governments and are income-based, in order to make the space accessible for cities and regions of all sizes and types.

Please contact the event team here to discuss details.


The French Presidency is responsible for the security in and around the COP21 “Climate Generations Areas”. Regarding access to the “Climate Generations Areas”, the French Presidency is yet to announce the specific accreditation and security procedures. We expect that all partners involved in the Pavilion and presenters will have access to this space.

The UN is responsible for the security and accreditation to the “Blue Zone” (negotiation area). This zone will offer very limited access to non-state actors. ICLEI cannot guarantee accreditation of its partners to the COP21 Blue Zone. ICLEI encourages all mayors and other local government officials to apply via their own national governments in order to be accredited as part of their respective national delegations. Timelines for these vary depending on countries. ICLEI will regularly update partners and other relevant organizations on these questions.


Further information:

Ms. Marie-Sophie Beier

COP21 Coordinator

ICLEI World Secretariat

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