Ten global cities present climate action plans ahead of Paris COP21

NEW YORK, USA, 24 September 24 2015 - Today, ten global cities, representing 58 million people and more than US$ 3 trillion GDP, from 5 continents, join first-­‐mover Rio de Janeiro in announcing that they have met all planning and reporting requirements of the Compact of Mayors. In doing so, the cities presented ambitious climate action plans ahead of COP 21 -­‐ the Paris Climate Conference. The cities of Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Melbourne, New York, Oslo, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Stockholm, Sydney and Washington, DC have now reached the Compact compliance milestone; their achievement builds on years of local efforts to combat climate change through membership in the city networks, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) and the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), founding partners of the Compact.

“The Compact of Mayors seeks to enlighten the international community and convince them that cities can play a vital role that is truly effective in the face of climate change. This important step will lay the foundation for global city networks, ICLEI, UCLG and C40 to assume substantive roles at the UN climate conference in Paris and within the framework of a new climate treaty for post 2020”, remarked ICLEI President and Seoul Mayor Park Won Soon. 

Read the full press release here.

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