ICLEI at the Climate Summit 2014: 
Pioneering Mayors unite to galvanize climate action

 

At the Climate Summit 2014, Mayors from around the world marched the streets of New York and unveiled new initiatives that will catalyze climate action worldwide. These initiatives – including the historic Compact of Mayors – show the solidarity, leadership and commitment of cities to fight climate change at full speed. 

"The Climate Summit 2014 marks a new peak in the journey of globally coordinated local climate action. This journey started two decades ago with the first world meeting on climate change for municipal leaders, and is continuously progressing and reaching new heights with bolder leadership, higher ambitions and stronger solidarity. We, ICLEI, together with our cities and partners, are committed to act urgently and cooperate intensively to help ensure that we reach a meaningful climate agreement, said ICLEI Secretary General Gino Van Begin.


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Just launched: The Compact Of Mayors, A Milestone In Local Climate Action!

 

ICLEI, together with the Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change Michael Bloomberg, cities networks C40, UCLG, and partners such as UN-Habitat launched the biggest local climate action initiative – the Compact of Mayors. The Compact of Mayors will enable cities to publicly commit to deep GHG emissions reductions; make existing targets and plans public; and report on their progress annually on existing city reporting platforms which will be linked to the carbonn Climate Registry. The Compact also supports a new consistent method for collecting and publishing city-level greenhouse gas data – the Global Protocol on Community-scale GHG Emissions (GPC).


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Infographic: Get to know carbonn Climate Registry, the newly designated central repository of the #CompactofMayors

 

The carbonn Climate Registry (cCR) is the world´s leading reporting platform that enhances transparency, accountability and credibility of climate action of local and subnational governments. It is newly designated as the central repository of the Compact of Mayors launched at the Climate Summit 2014.


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Only When We Move, We Can Move The World! Mayors Join The Peoples Climate March

 

Two days before the Summit, more than 400,000 people marched the streets of New York to call for urgent and transformative action on climate change, making it the biggest environmental march of all time. ICLEI and its delegation of Mayors were there, marching under the banner "People’s Climate, Mayors Commit," to show a deep commitment to protecting people’s climate. Mayors George Ferguson (Bristol, UK), Herbert Bautista (Quezon City, Philippines), Jürgen Nimptsch (Bonn, Germany), Frank Cownie (Des Moines, USA), Ronan Dantec (Nantes) joined the march together with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and more than 750 organizations.


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Check out our CityTalk blog for the the best photos, best tweets and best articles from the Climate Summit!

 

The UN Climate Summit has given the world a catalyst. Now is the time to react and take the time now between now and Lima and Paris to transform the energy generated in New York City towards a clear path to carbon neutrality. To paraphrase Christiana Figueres, all of us, we have to engage and bring all of our will for a livable, sustainable future for generations to come.
David Cadman, ICLEI President

 

No President, Minister, Mayor, CEO or citizen can meet the challenge of climate change alone. If we are to bring down global temperatures, we must step up, scale up, speed up local climate action globally. Together, let’s innovate, integrate, collaborate!
Park Won-Soon, Mayor of Seoul, Korea

 

The designated central repository of the Compact, the carbonn Climate Registry, will enable the compilation of data through existing national, regional, global city reporting platforms.
Jürgen Nimptsch, Mayor of Bonn, Germany

 

The Compact of Mayors could be exemplary for the rest of the world - and which could support the efforts of cities to construct together a better future scenario for generations to come.
Gustavo Petro, Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia

 

We have already cut carbon emissions by almost 20% since 2005 and are determined, as European Green Capital 2015, to have cut this by a further 20% by 2020. We will share our progress on the carbonn Climate Registry and join with other cities in Paris, to demonstrate to the world what city Mayors can contribute to global targets.
George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, UK

 

We have to do what we can, as mayors, to save the world.
Frank Cownie, Mayor of Des Moines, IA, United States

 

Cities are home to the majority of humankind and more than ever a beacon of hope when it comes to climate change.
Michael Bloomberg, UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change

 

Our cities are already developing sustainable, lasting and economic solutions to address the issue of climate change.
Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, France

 

Humanity was facing an existential crisis and it was caused by us.  We have only one choice — urgent, daring action.
Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York

 

We hope that the Compact of Mayors will set an ambitious example for national leaders to follow.
Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

 

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