"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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Cities and subnational governments have a prominent role in addressing climate change. A clarion call for their greater empowerment in a new climate agreement expected as an outcome of the Paris Conference of the Parties in 2015 was sounded at the recently concluded UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany.
Two key mechanisms were created to explore this role in the framework of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP). The “Forum on Cities and Subnational Authorities” and the “Technical Expert Meeting on Urban Environment” were organized, presenting groundbreaking examples on how local action in diverse areas such as low-carbon transport, renewable energy, carbon trading, climate finance and climate change adaptation reduce cities’ carbon emissions and enhance their livability globally.
“The new positive atmosphere at the UN Climate Talks is apparent, particularly where cities and subnational governments are involved. Everyone is positive that it is in cities where real climate action is and would be coming from,” observed ICLEI President David Cadman.
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