Cities such as Quito have already proven to be central to the fight against climate change, as local governments across the world are increasingly mandating the construction of zero-emission and resilient infrastructures, from buildings to transport and public spaces, that facilitate environmental and health sustainability co-benefits. However, they are often limited by a lack of access to the required resources.
To bend the curve of emission by 2020, we – individuals, companies, investors, and local and regional governments – can and must all raise our ambition in tandem with our nation states, who will come back to the table to strengthen their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement before 2020.
The Edmonton Declaration is a bold call-to-action for cities of all sizes to seriously consider the role of scientific research and data in building ambitious climate action plans and prioritize science-based decision-making that reinforces the targets in the Paris Agreement
The Global Covenant of Mayors highlights the collective potential of over 7400 cities and local governments making voluntary commitments to take significant action. Learn more about the aggregate impact of GCoM cities through its new report.
Global Covenant of Mayors Co-Chairs Michael R. Bloomberg and European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic highlighted the important role that cities will have to play in delivering the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change. Speaking at the Sustainable Energy for All event in New York, Bloomberg, Sefcovic and Vice Chair Christiana Figueres said that cities … read more
January 27, 2016 Today, Mike Bloomberg addressed the 2016 Investor Summit on Climate Risk with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Mary Shapiro, former Chairperson of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. His remarks focused on the importance of cities in the fight against climate change. During his address, Bloomberg spoke about his work with … read more
The Paris Agreement marked the opening of an ambitious and historic pathway for addressing the negative impacts of climate change and it is already serving to empower those on the front lines of the fight. Mayors are already supporting national governments by taking bold action in their communities and tracking their progress transparently through the … read more