COP21 and Cities & Regions Pavilion Given Green Light

Mayors unite for Climate Summit for Local Leaders

Following the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday 13 November 2015, the French government confirmed that the COP21 would be maintained. Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo published an open letter stating that "the people of Paris are still standing and more determined than ever to uphold our values of fraternity." She added: 

The action of mayors and local leaders on climate issues is crucial and a historic mobilisation of all of us is required. We must join forces together and make the necessary commitments to protect our planet and prepare for our children’s future.

(Download the full text of the letter here.)

It has now also confirmed that the Climate Generations Areas, known as the Green Zone, will proceed as planned for the duration of COP21. This means that the Cities & Regions Pavilion – TAP2015 will also be maintained.

Additional security measures will be in place for the Green Zone. In addition, the Green Zone will now open at 10.30 and close at 19.00. This means that sessions at the Cities & Regions Pavilion will take place between 11.00 and 18.30. Some sessions will therefore be rescheduled, while others will be shortened. However, all sessions will be maintained. Please check the program page of the Cities & Regions Pavilion website for the latest information.

Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo declared that the Climate Summit for Local Leaders on 4 December 2015 will proceed as planned. On 19 November, five Mayors – including ICLEI President and Mayor of Seoul Wonsoon Park – signed an open letter supporting this decision and encouraging fellow mayors to attend this landmark event. The text of their letter is reproduced below.

Dear Friends,

Following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and the expressions of support received from cities around the world, Mayor Anne Hidalgo made it clear that she wants the upcoming climate change events in Paris, including the Climate Summit for Local Leaders to go forward as planned on December 4 - 6, as part of the U.N.’s gathering of world leaders at COP21.

We, as well as the organizations we lead, support Mayor Hidalgo and the citizens of Paris and we urge you to attend our meetings and the Summit.

There is no better way for us to express our support for the people of France and to all those in favor of peace and dialogue than to stand united shoulder to shoulder on December 4, when the world’s eyes will be focused on Paris.

If you have committed to attend the Summit, we want to convey that your attendance is now more important than ever.

If you were considering whether to attend, we urge you to join us.

If you had declined to attend because of other commitments, we respectfully ask you to reconsider.

Terrorism threatens cities around the world. Defeating it requires unity, solidarity and cooperation. The Summit offers a unique opportunity for local and regional leaders to express our unwavering commitment to one another and our unshakeable determination to defeat terrorism and defend our shared values.

To RSVP to the Summit, please contact our organizations or visit climatesummitlocalleaders.paris. And please contact our organizations or email info@parisclimatesummit.org should you have any specific questions.

We look forward to seeing you in December.


Michael R. Bloomberg
UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change

Eduardo Paes
Mayor of Rio de Janeiro

Khalifa Sall  
Mayor of Dakar

Kadir Topbas
Mayor of Istanbul

Wonsoon Park
Mayor of Seoul

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