During the event "Urban Life Forum: Reflections on the Future of Cities", organized by the Municipality of Belo Horizonte and the National Front of Mayors (FNP) on 17 and 18 November, the host Mayor and President of the FNP, Marcio Lacerda, announced that 27 new mayors have joined the Compact of Mayors. Heading towards the United Nations Climate Convention COP21, 34 Brazilian Mayors are already committed to the global effort, demonstrating their leadership on making cities more sustainable and resilient to climate change.
At the Forum, the committments of the following cities were announced: Aparecida de Goiânia, Aparecida do Norte, Aracajú, Betim, Brasília, Campinas, Capivari, Cidades do Consórcio do Grande ABC: Diadema, Mauá, Ribeirão Pires, Rio Grande da Serra, Santo André, São Bernardo do Campo and São Caetano do Sul; Duque de Caxias, Florianópolis, Fortaleza, Jaboatão dos Guararapes, Joinville, Londrina, Maringá, Natal, Palmas, Piracicaba, Porto Alegre, São José dos Campos and Sorocaba. These cities join the committed cities of Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Itu, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and São Paulo.
The Compact of Mayors is a historic initiative, launched at the UN Climate Summit in September 2014 as a response from cities to the call of the UN Secretary General for action by all stakeholders to keep the average increase in global temperatures below two degrees Celsius by the end of the century. Led by the global networks of cities C40, UCLG and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, the initiative is supported by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change Michael Bloomberg and by UN-Habitat.
The Urban Life Forum event was largely supported by ICLEI SAMS as a founding partners for the Compact of Mayors initiative.