Rio de Janeiro first fully compliant city in Compact of Mayors, tackles climate change

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL, 26 August 2015 – Today, Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes announced his city’s full compliance with the Compact of Mayors, a global coalition of city leaders dedicated to reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, making urban communities more resilient to climate change and regularly reporting their progress publicly. Rio is the first city in the world to reach the Compact compliance milestone.

“I am proud that Rio de Janeiro is the first global city to become fully compliant with the Compact of Mayors, and I call on all cities to join this critical initiative on the Road to Paris and beyond,” said Mayor Paes. “By complying with the Compact, we are advancing our work to make Rio a place with a better quality of life for its citizens and a healthier environment for its visitors. Cities are climate leaders, they are in the best position to effect real change. The actions we take at a local level will have a global impact and, by improving our city, we will be helping create a better world for today’s urban citizens and generations to come.”

Launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael R. Bloomberg, the Compact of Mayors is gaining momentum in the run-up to the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21). Earlier this week, US President Barack Obama announced that 15 new US cities joined the Compact of Mayors, and set a goal of having 100 U.S. cities in the Compact in advance of COP21 at the end of November.

“By being the first Compact Compliant city, Rio de Janeiro makes it clear to the world that cities are leading by example to solve the challenges of global warming,” said Park Won Soon, Mayor of Seoul and President of ICLEI. “ICLEI Member cities will join in such action initiated by Rio in responding to climate change.”

Read the full press release here.

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