"No citizen of the global village is free from the damage caused by climate change. For the harmony between human settlements and nature, for the symbiosis of all groups of citizens, and for the happiness of both current and future generations, cities should think and act together."
Park Won Soon, Mayor, Seoul Metropolitan Government, Republic Of Korea; Chair, World Mayors Council on Climate Change
„ The Mexico City Pact sends a key signal to the negotiations that it can indeed be done, and that millions, if not billions, of people around the world are ready to begin implementing climate change action. Many other cities and local and regional administrations can be inspired to take action and to report to carbonn Cities Climate Registry“
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, UN Climate Change Secretariat
“Local government is where the rubber hits the road when it comes to responding to the human impacts of climate change. We fully support funding for cities, towns and municipalities for their registered adaptation actions.”
Margareta Wahlström, The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction, welcoming the Durban Adaptation Charter
The Local Government Climate Roadmap, a broad coalition of local government networks in response to the Bali Action Plan, aims to ensure that a strong and ambitious global climate regime is designed and implemented in the post-2012 period. Under this regime, local and subnational governments are fully recognized, engaged and empowered. .
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For the first time in the history of the Earth Hour City Challenge, a city from an emerging country is recognized for its leadership in accelerating local climate action. On March 28, Cape Town, South Africa was awarded the title of Global Earth Hour Capital at the award ceremony of the 2014 Earth Hour City Challenge in Vancoucer. The city of Cape Town was selected by an international jury of experts among 163 cities from 14 countries. Read more
In a call for action authored jointly by ICLEI and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), local and regional governments underline their eagerness to implement a sustainable, socially just and ecologically sound energy strategy. They ask the EU to support them with strong targets and support, which will help shelter future generations from the worst effects of climate change...Read more
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on 31 January 2014 the appointment of Michael Bloomberg of the United States as his Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change....Read more
Addressing the C40 Mayors Summit 2014 held in Johannesburg, South Africa, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres recognizes the leadership of cities in advancing the global climate change agenda and outlines specific actions cities can take to become more vocal in the international dialogue regarding climate change response. Read more
The end of 2013 and beginning of 2014 have seen some highly interesting developments impacting on the Local Government Climate Roadmap. For example, it delivered several key messages during the session 2.4 of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP2.4) that took place from 10-14 March 2014 in Bonn, Germany. Highlights include:
At the recently concluded UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw (COP19/CMP9), countries have decided to advance the engagement of local governments in the global climate regime. Read more
2 sessions: 26 March 2014, 10:00 and 16:00 Central European Time[more]
5th Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation - the global platform for urban resilience and climate change adaptation, hosted...[more]
24 April 2014, 11:00 Central European Summer Time (=9:00 UTC)[more]
The Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) will hold the fifth part of its second session from 4 to 15 June...[more]
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