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City Diplomacy Briefing, May 2017

The month of May has seen a lot of activity in the global climate field, including key announcements and a clearer sense of the Fijian Presidency’s priorities for COP23, which will be held in Bonn, Germany in November 2017.

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.

 

10 Years of Results: Christiana Figueres on how cities are accelerating sustainable development

Last century was marked by unprecedented growth accompanied by unprecedented urbanization. Knowing now that much of this growth was enabled by enterprise that increases greenhouse gas emissions, this century’s challenge focuses on how to grow using a new model of development. As home to more than half of the world’s 7 billion people and one of the largest sources of emissions, cities are well situated to reshape social and economic growth and usher in an era of climate-safe, sustainable development.