Coinciding with the same week the Government of Catalonia signed a pioneering agreement in the fight against climate change (Under2 MOU), the Deputy Delegate of the Generalitat to the United States, Mexico and Canada, Mireia Rozas-Simon, delivered remarks in the debate on monitoring and evaluation measures for the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Rozas-Simon spoke at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to propose mechanisms for ensuring coherence between environmental policies at all levels of government involved in the Post-2015 Development Agenda and made concrete proposals for integration and coordination of environmental policies at different levels of government.
“Truly sustainable development requires a high degree of policy coherence, coordination and cooperation at all levels”, explained Deputy Delegate Rozas-Simon in a message directed to member states and other actors attending the 5th Session of Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
The Government’s message emphasizing multi-level integration in the Post-2015 Agenda was well received by the other delegations participating in the talks. The Permanent Mission of Ireland to the UN spoke about it on social media and Ambassador Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya and co-president of the Post-2015 process, seized upon the opportunity provided by Catalonia’s statement to call for “the need to include the Local Authorities in the implementation of the Post-2015 Agenda”.
With actions such as these, the Catalan Government continues to demonstrate its commitment to being a responsible actor in policies that protect the environment and fight against climate change at the international level.
Catalonia is one of the world’s most active sub-state actors in the fight against climate change at the regional level. The Catalan Government currently co-chairs the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD) and is a member of The Climate Group.