19.11.2013

UN Climate Talks go local: First ever “Cities Day” to raise the bar of climate ambition through local action

21 November marks a monumental day for cities and regions as they gather for the first ever “Cities Day” at the ongoing UN Warsaw Climate Conference (COP19/CMP9). A joint initiative of the COP Presidency, the UNFCCC Secretariat, the City of Warsaw, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability and partners, the “Cities Day” bundles a series of city-focused events that will showcase and spark local climate action.



21 November marks a monumental day for cities and regions as they gather for the first ever “Cities Day” at the ongoing UN Warsaw Climate Conference (COP19/CMP9). A joint initiative of the COP Presidency, the UNFCCC Secretariat, the City of Warsaw, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability and partners, the “Cities Day” bundles a series of city-focused events that will showcase and spark local climate action.

Home to 3.5 billion people, cities are frontrunners in delivering climate action and in setting the bar of climate ambitions, according to the carbonn Cities Climate Registry 2013 report. The newly launched report presents data from 414 cities which represent a seventh of the world’s urban population. As of the latest count, these cities have registered 4208 mitigation and adaptation actions, 836 climate and energy commitments and 770 greenhouse gas inventories. More than half of the cities have pledged to cut their emissions by more than 1% per year, exceeding the cuts of even the most ambitious national governments under the Kyoto Protocol.
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How can these mitigation actions contribute to global efforts? How can cities enhance their adaptation efforts and resilience? At the “COP Presidency Cities and Sub-national Dialogue of the Cities Day”, COP19/CMP9 President Marcin Korolec, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres and ICLEI President David Cadman will be stirring dialogues between Mayors, subnational leaders and Ministers to explore concrete solutions to these longstanding issues.

“Warsaw will be recognized as a milestone in the history of the global climate advocacy of local and subnational governments, considering the unprecedented opportunities of interaction with the Parties within in the official negotiations,“ reflected ICLEI President David Cadman who will be delivering the closing address at the said event.

“With the multi-level actors being mobilized during the “Cities Day”, we believe that we can work together, inspire one another to raise ambitions and move towards a climate pathway that empowers cities to pursue low carbon development and at the same time saves the planet,” concluded ICLEI Secretary General Gino Van Begin.

21 November Cities Day Event Highlights:

What: COP Presidency Cities and Sub-national Dialogue of the Cities Day
When/Where: Thursday, 21 November 2013, from 09:30 to 12:30 hours, in Room Warsaw
Who will be there: COP19/CMP9 President Marcin Korolec, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, ICLEI President David Cadman, Ministers and Mayors from Vancouver, Bogota, Recife, Grand Rapids, Seferihisar, Nantes, and many more.
More information: unfccc.int/files/meetings/warsaw_nov_2013/application/pdf/131121_cop_presidency_subnational_dialogue.pdf
Download ICLEI’s carbonn Cities Climate Registry report: ow.ly/qVE31

What: ICLEI Official Side Event: Raising the level of ambition through local climate action
When/Where: Thursday, 21 November 2013, from 15:00 to 16:30 hours, in Room Warsaw
Who will be there: High level speakers include Dr. Aisa Kacyira, Deputy Executive Director, UN-Habitat, Dr. Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of Global Environment Facility (GEF), Rachel Kyte, Vice President of World Bank, Jim Leape, Director General, WWF, and Mayors from Lagos, Recife, Grand Rapids, Des Moines, Seferihisar, and many more.
More information: www.iclei.org/fileadmin/user_upload/ICLEI_WS/Documents/advocacy/UN_Warsaw_Climate_Conference/ICLEI_Official_Side_Event.pdf


 
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