POLIS joins in signing the Liège Declaration at Climate Summit
The Climate Chance Europe 2024 Wallonia Summit, centred on 'Adaption to climate change, Nature-based Solutions, and Resilience', concluded at the Palais des Congrès in Liège on 9 February 2024. POLIS was among the signatories of the landmark Liège Declaration that emerged from the summit.
Gathering nearly 1,000 participants from over 20 nationalities and various European networks, the summit marked the first international event dedicated specifically to climate change adaptation. Organised by Walloon Ministers Philippe Henry and Céline Tellier, alongside the Climate Chance association, the summit aimed to align efforts with the European Green Deal and support the ongoing work of the Belgian Presidency of the EU Council.
The Liège Declaration, signed by over 70 organisations and networks, including POLIS, emphasises collective and coordinated action to address climate challenges, protect ecosystems, and fortify the economy against climate impacts. It underscores the importance of integrating nature-based solutions and investing in resilient infrastructure.
Vulnerable populations, often disproportionately affected by climate change, were highlighted as central to the adaptation efforts, calling for multilateral cooperation to address their needs effectively.
Advocacy, front and centre
The declaration serves as both a roadmap for non-state actors and an advocacy document, providing concrete recommendations for European authorities. It is expected to influence key environmental policies, including the discussions during the Belgian Presidency's Council of Environment Ministers in June 2024 and the upcoming COP29 climate conference in Baku.
POLIS's participation underscores the crucial role of cities and regions in driving climate action, aligning with the summit's call for greater cooperation between non-state actors, local and national governments, and European institutions.