The 2019 Regional Climate Weeks (RCWs) were key moments in the wider UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process, seeking to bring together diverse actors, from national and local governments to the private sector and civil society, around collaborative climate action at the regional and sub-regional levels. Each RCW provided space for peer-to-peer learning and exchange, as well as Party and Non-Party interaction that bucked the formality of an official Conference of Parties (COP). RCWs contain no formal negotiations and the fanfare is toned down, meaning technical officials can attend these events and interact with representatives from other governments, sectors, and organisations, thus improving their own work. Here lies the essential promise of these weeks – an inherently inclusive and open space where new partnerships can form, leading to sustained and transformative climate action on the ground. But the question remains: Was the stage properly set for participants – various stakeholders from throughout the different regions – to truly reap the benefits of the RCWs?
SLoCaT, on behalf of the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC), was able to assemble transport actors and inject a critical transport dimension into each of the RCWs. This helped to scale up the recognition of sustainable, low-carbon transport as central to climate action and the fulfillment of Paris Agreement commitments. Nevertheless, although each RCW certainly received a great deal of commitment and energy from the SLoCaT Secretariat, it is important to understand whether or not, as a whole, the RCWs were able to achieve their intended purpose. This debrief will seek to analyse whether the RCWs fulfilled what they set out to do from the perspective of the global transport community. It will also assess the significance of transport as a thematic focus throughout the three RCWs, with annexes that outline the breadth of the transport dimension throughout.