“Raising Global Level of Ambition Through Local Climate Action”



The Declaration Ceremony of the World Mayors Summit on Climate Change 2013

The Declaration Ceremony took place on Saturday 28 September 2013 in Nantes, France and it began with the testimonies and reports on the global progress on climate commitments and actions at the local level. The Declaration Ceremony concluded on the necessity of joint, inter-level actions to combat climate change and with the formal adoption of the 2013 Nantes Declaration of Mayors and Subnational Leaders on Climate Change.

The discussion within the Declaration Ceremony was moderated by Gino Van Begin, ICLEI Secretary General.

List of Speakers:

  • Patrick Rimbert, Mayor, Nantes, France;
  • Maria Sol Corral, Vice President, Metropolitan Council, Quito, Equador, on behalf of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG);
  • Jürgen Nimptsch, Mayor, Bonn, Germany; Vice – Chair, the World Mayors Council on Climate Change Global progress on climate commitment and action at the local level;
  • Evelyne Huytebroeck, Minister, Bruxelles-Capital Region, Belgium; Vice-President, Energy Cities; Chair, ICLEI Europe Regional Executive Committee; Signatory City to European Covenant of Mayors;
  • Martha Delgado Peralta, General Director, Global Cities Covenant on Climate - Mexico City Pact Secretariat, Fundacion Pensar; First Vice-President, ICLEI;
  • James Nxumalo, Mayor, eThekwini Municipality (Durban), South Africa; Durban Adaptation Charter Secretariat; Vice-President, ICLEI;
  • Pam O´Connor, Mayor, City Council of Santa Monica, USA; Inaugural Signatory to Resilient Communities for America; Member, ICLEI North America Regional Executive Committee;
  • Anil Sole, Mayor, Nagpur Municipal Corporation, India; Reporting City at the carbonn Cities Climate Registry;
  • Virginia Sonntag-O´Brien, Advisor, UNEP National Climate Finance Institutions Support Programme; Rapporteur of the High Level Dialogue on Financing Local Climate Action.


During the whole day the physical science basis on climate change was conducted by Jean Jouzel, Vice-Chair of IPCC Working Group-I and 2007 Nobel Prize Winner.


The Adoption of the 2013 Nantes Declaration of Mayors and Subnational Leaders on Climate Change

The presentation of the Declaration was conducted by Ronan Dantec, Climate Spokesperson of United Cities and Local Governments and Member of the Senate, France.

The 2013 Nantes Declaration of Mayors and Subnational Leaders on Cliamte Change began with an introductory Statement made by the Government of Poland, host of COP19/CMP9 in Warsaw, Beata Jaczewska, Undersecretary of State and Ministry of the Environment, on behalf of the President-Designate of COP19/CMP9, UN Warsaw Climate Conference.

List of Speakers:

  • Michal Olszewski, Deputy Mayor, Warsaw, Poland;
  • Kgosientso Ramokgopa, Executive Mayor, Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality (Pretoria), South Africa;Farhad Suri, Councilor, South Delhi Municipal Corporation, India; Member, ICLEI Global Executive Committee;
  • Farhad Suri, Councilor, South Delhi Municipal Corporation, India; Member, ICLEI Global Executive Committe;
  • Frank Cownie, Mayor, Des Moines, USA; Chair, ICLEI North America Regional Executive Committee; Member, ICLEI Global Executive Committee;
  • Matthew Applebaum, Mayor, Boulder, USA;
  • Ousmane Drame, Mayor, Nioro Du Rip, Senegal; Chair, ICLEI Africa Regional Executive Committee;
  • Mohamed Hilmy, Mayor, Matale, Sri Lanka;
  • Yunus Nawanish, Mayor, Kabul, Afghanistan;
  • George Ferguson, Mayor, Bristol City Council, United Kingdom;
  • Serge Lepeltier, Mayor, Bourges, France; former Climate Ambassador, France;
  • Mohammed Ibrahim Cissé, President, Regional Council, Timbuktu, Mali;
  • Neil Swannick, Councilor, Manchester, UK; Member, ENVE Commission, EU Committee of the Regions;
  • Michèle Sabban, Vice-President, Region Ile de France; former President, Assembly of Regions of Europe; President, Board of R20;
  • Bruno Covas, Secretary for Environment, State of São Paulo, Brazil; Vice Chair, Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD).

The formal adoption speech of the 2013 Nantes Declaration of Mayors and Subnational Leaders on Climate Change was taken by:

  • Gilles Retière, President of Nantes Métropole, France.

The speakers for the Local Government Climate Roadmap 2013 - 2015, Creating the “Friends of Cities” for local climate action, were:

  • Griffin Thompson, Senior Climate Change Program Manager, US Department of State;
  • David Cadman, President, ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability.

The speakers for the Supporting local climate action were:

  • Richard Kinley, Deputy Executive Secretary, UN Climate Change Secretariat;
  • Joan Clos, Executive Secretary, UN-Habitat;
  • Naoko Ishii, Chair and CEO, Global Environment Facility (GEF).


The final statement was made by Laurent Michel, General Director for Energy and Climate - French Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, on behalf of the Government of France that will host the UN Paris Climate Conference, COP21/CMP11, in 2015.


To see the two-day agenda, please download the PDF.


Family Photo including all Mayors, Subnational Leaders and high level guests