"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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ICLEI takes part in the Sixth part of the Second Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2.6) happening in Bonn, Germany from 20-25 October.
Highlights of the Climate Summit 2014 for Local Climate Action
ICLEI is hosting a follow-up webinar on 17 October Friday at 18:00 Central European Summer Time. The presentation and discussion will be lead by Yunus Arikan, Head of Global Policy and Advocacy, ICLEI.
Previously, GIZ hosted a webinar on the Summit highlights with respect to vertical integration of climate action on Tuesday, the 14th of October, at 11:00 Central European Summer Time. You can find the recording of this webinar session by clicking here.
14 October, Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea,
Cities and subnational governments of the world convened to safeguard biodiversity at the 2014 Biodiversity Summit.
Organized by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the Government of Gangwon Province, the Summit saw close to 600 participants from 53 countries across all regions. Around 270 local government representatives participated in the Summit, including 40 city and sub-national leaders (governors, mayors, deputy mayors, and commissioners) as well as representatives of national, international and UN organizations, and experts in the field.
A key outcome of the Summit was the Gangwon / Pyeongchang Resolution for Cities and Subnational Governments which demonstrates the spirit of cooperation between cities and national governments to jointly safeguard urban biodiversity.
Paris, 10-11 October 2014,
R20 Regions of Climate Action, founded by former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, organized the first World Summit of Regions for Climate in Paris. The event, hosted by the Region of Ile de France, brought together some 700 participants, including representatives of regions and other subnational governments and authorities from around the world.
New York, 23 September 2014,
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change Michael R. Bloomberg today announced the launch of a global Compact of Mayors, the world’s largest effort for cities to fight climate change. The Compact will enable cities to publically commit to deep GHG emissions reductions; make existing targets and plans public; and report on their progress annually, using a newly-standardized measurement system that is compatible with international practices. Through this effort, cities will be choosing to meet the same requirements proposed for the international climate negotiations that will lead to a global climate treaty in 2015.
New research by the parties to the Compact of Mayors, along with research partner Arup, indicates that existing city commitments alone could reduce annual emissions by 454 Megatons CO2e in 2020 -- a total of 13 Gigatons CO2e by 2050.
New York City, United States[more]
For Cities & Subnational Governments Gangwon Province, Republic of Korea[more]
Enter the Webinar on October 14th 2014, 11:00-12:00 CET[more]
Enter the Webinar on October 17th 2014, 18:00 CET[more]
Margarita Island, Venezuela[more]
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