C40 Mayors Summit Draws UNFCCC Executive Director Participation
From Rio de Janeiro to Seoul to Johannesburg, the mayors of the world's megacities are leading the way by taking climate actions locally that are collectively having a significant global impact. National and international governments and institutions are recognizing the successes cities have been able to implement, and areincreasingly turning to cities for solutions to this critical issue.
It is for this reason we are pleased Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, will be participating in the upcoming C40 Mayors Summit in Johannesburg, giving a keynote address on city leadership and the international agenda and leading a discussion with C40 Mayors on how the UN and megacities can work together.
“Cities and regions are a central component of the solution to climate change, given that more than half the global population lives in urban areas, which produce around 80% of energy-related emissions,” said Secretary Figueres. “Many mayors and governors already have clear, practical plans to reduce emissions and increase urban resilience.”
In the wake of the recent UNFCC climate talks in Warsaw and looking toward this year’s talks in Lima, Peru, Secretary Figueres points out that city and national leaders can work together and collaborate to expand the progress that cities have made:
“As we approach 2015, now is the time for city leaders to interact more effectively with national governments, to ensure coherence in the design, and collaboration in the implementation of climate change policies and measures,” she added. “Only by concertedly contributing to the growing groundswell of climate action can we meet the needs of current citizens and the expectations of future generations.”
We at C40 look forward to this collaboration.
“Mayors as well as Presidents and Prime Ministers have the power to take meaningful climate action,” said Mark Watts, Executive Director of C40. “The C40 data show that the world's cities can contribute to aggressive national targets to reduce emissions, and can therefore support meaningful national offers towards a common agreement at the Paris COP in 2015.”
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