100 days since the Paris Climate Agreement: 5 Reasons Why Cities Hold the Key to Delivering Success

The aspiration of the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees may one day be recognized as one of the most important goals ever agreed by international diplomacy.  We now have the political consensus and momentum to prevent catastrophic climate change --but we must move extremely fast in order to make the aims of the Agreement achievable. 

Mark Watts: “When cities compete with each other, it’s a race to the top”

How our cities are run and designed can have a huge impact on the carbon footprint we have as individuals, and cities around the world are increasingly making their planning decisions with greenhouse gas emissions in mind. During COP21 in Paris, C40 Executive Director met with The Elephant’s Kevin Caners to discuss how cities around the world - from Barcelona to Cape Town - have been a success story in the global climate conversation over the last decade.

VIDEO: C40’s Executive Director Mark Watts on what the #ParisAgreement #Means4Me

COP21 was a huge success, and city leaders left Paris with a renewed sense of purpose – but now the real work begins.

The Paris Agreement can only be brought to life with full support from all those involved, including national, regional and local leaders. The 1.5°C target means that cities and city leaders are more crucial than ever to the global fight against climate change; this goal cannot be achieved without effective climate action in cities.

 

COP21 Video Blog Series: Abha Joshi-Ghani, Director, Leadership, Learning and Innovation at the World Bank Group

VIDEO: At the start of December 2015, all eyes were on Paris for the COP21 climate negotiations, regarded by many as a pivotal moment in determining global climate action. C40 was fortunate to be there on the ground to help showcase innovative and effective climate actions taking place in the world’s cities. Watch Abha Joshi-Ghani, Director, Leadership, Learning and Innovation at the World Bank Group, as she discusses her experience as a member of the jury panel for the 2015 C40 Cities Awards.

COP21 Video Blog Series: Huang Lan, Deputy Mayor of Nanjing

At the start of December 2015, all eyes were on Paris for the COP21 climate negotiations, regarded by many as a pivotal moment in determining global climate action. C40 was fortunate to be there on the ground to help showcase innovative and effective climate actions taking place in the world’s cities. Through a series of fantastic events at Paris City Hall, Le Bourget and other iconic locations around the city, mayors from around the world gathered to celebrate successful projects and plans, share their stories and knowledge, voice their ideas, and establish opportunities for action over the next 5 years and beyond.

COP21 Video Blog Series: Wan Yong, Mayor of Wuhan

At the start of December 2015, all eyes were on Paris for the COP21 climate negotiations, regarded by many as a pivotal moment in determining global climate action. C40 was fortunate to be there on the ground to help showcase innovative and effective climate actions taking place in the world’s cities. Through a series of fantastic events at Paris City Hall, Le Bourget and other iconic locations around the city, mayors from around the world gathered to celebrate successful projects and plans, share their stories and knowledge, voice their ideas, and establish opportunities for action over the next 5 years and beyond.