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The 1st Climate Legislation Summit

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On 14 January 2013, GLOBE International presented the 3rd edition of the Climate Legislation Study and formally launched the GLOBE Climate Legislation Initiative at a high level Summit held in the Locarno Rooms of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.

Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt MP welcomed delegates on behalf of Foreign Secretary, the Rt Hon. William Hague MP (who was on business overseas and wrote a letter to delegates).

Over 100 delegates from 26 countries attended the 2-day summit.

The Rt Hon. John Gummer, Lord Deben, President of the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE International), Chairman of the UK Committee on Climate Change, and former UK Secretary of State for the Environment chaired the summit (read the Chairman's Summary).

Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, delivered a keynote speech on the importance of domestic climate legislation in reaching an international agreement in 2015 (watch video interview).

During the first day of the summit, GLOBE released the 3rd Climate Legislation Study – produced in partnership with the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics. This is the most comprehensive research project that audits climate legislation across the world’s major developed and emerging economies. The study was produced with the support of the Climate Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Zennstrom Philanthropies.

The Summit launched the GLOBE Climate Legislation Initiative, which will support legislators to advance climate legislation between 2013 and 2015. This will be conducted in a parallel process to the international negotiations under the Durban Platform (read more about GLOBE's Climate Change Programme).

At the end of the first day, Summit delegates were addressed by House of Commons Speaker, Rt Hon. John Bercow and by International Development Secretary, Rt Hon. Justine Greening, in a reception hosted at the Speaker’s State Apartments in the Palace of Westminster.

The Rt Hon. Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, delivered a keynote speech on domestic climate change legislation which opened the second day of the summit.

On the second day the Summit agreed a REDD+ Declaration and a Chairman’s summary of commitments was also approved.

This section of the GLOBE website includes links to download country presentations and speeches, provides links to the official photos from the event and the documents approved by the Summit.