Warsaw

Poland
Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, Elected 2010

Warsaw in our Blog

Nuestras ciudades están en el frente de la crisis del cambio climático. La subida del nivel del mar amenaza a millones de ciudadanos con inundaciones y, a su vez, los inviernos más fríos y los veranos más calurosos afectan especialmente a las zonas más vulnerables de nuestras ciudades. Las emisiones nocivas de los vehículos que circulan por el centro de nuestras ciudades contaminan el aire que respiran nuestros hijos. 

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Nos villes sont en première ligne de la crise du changement climatique. L’élévation du niveau de la mer menace des millions de personnes avec des inondations, pendant que des hivers plus froids et des étés plus chauds accablent les plus vulnérables de nos villes. Les émissions nocives des véhicules qui roulent dans nos centres urbains polluent l’air que nos enfants respirent.

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Our cities are on the frontline of the climate change crisis. Rising sea levels threaten millions of citizens with flooding, while colder winters and hotter summers take their toll on the most vulnerable in our cities. The noxious emissions from vehicles passing through our city centres pollute the air that our children breathe. 

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By Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, Mayor of Warsaw, Poland

Today I am speaking at the Chicago Forum on Global Cities on a panel called Financing the Global City, where fellow panelists and I will discuss various approaches to financing sustainable infrastructure and the need for collaboration with other levels of government and the private sector to achieve our aims. It presents a great opportunity to share with you a couple of thoughts about the challenges faced by my city – Warsaw, Poland – mainly in the area of sustainable development and climate action. 

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Warsaw is one of the greenest large cities in Europe, with forests, parks and arable lands covering 47 percent of its area. As to climate and energy, our city was one of the first four Polish signatories of the Covenant of Mayors, a European Commission initiative for local governments to limit GHG emissions through actions focused on improving energy efficiency and increasing share of renewable energy sources. 

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For the last several days, international governments have participated in the COP 19 UN climate talks in C40 city Warsaw, Poland. The UN has convened these talks annually for nearly two decades, but today, November 21, 2013 marks the first time in history that cities have been given an opportunity to interact with the parties within in the official negotiations, during a full-day session called “Cities Day of the High Level Segment.”

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