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Climate Emergency, Urban Opportunity Report

Climate Emergency, Urban Opportunity is a new report from the Coalition for Urban Transitions,  an urban-focused initiative with 36 diverse stakeholders across five continents, that aims to support national governments’ efforts to unlock the economic and social benefits of inclusive, zero-carbon cities. Climate Emergency, Urban Opportunity quantifies the social, environmental, and economic benefits available to … read more
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10,000+ Cities Join Amazonian Mayors in Calling for Immediate Action to Protect the Amazon Region

Largest global alliance of cities and local governments for climate leadership endorses Amazon Cities Pact September 18, 2019, Manaus, Brazil –– The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, the largest global alliance for climate leadership, uniting a global coalition of over 10,000 cities and local governments, today endorse the Amazon Cities Pact which … read more
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Meet Climate Action’s New Superalliance – How these mayors and ministers from around the world are fast-tracking energy tech to tackle the climate emergency.

The IPCC's 2018 Special Report warns of dramatic consequences by 2040 if global warming reaches 1.5°C. In response, citizens have made their voices louder than ever, and national governments in turn are beginning to mobilize. The constant threat of climate change, plus shifting energy needs and accelerating technological innovations, demands an unprecedented collective response at … read more
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Meet Climate Action’s New Superalliance – How these mayors and ministers from around the world are fast-tracking energy tech to tackle the climate emergency.

The IPCC's 2018 Special Report warns of dramatic consequences by 2040 if global warming reaches 1.5°C. In response, citizens have made their voices louder than ever, and national governments in turn are beginning to mobilize. The constant threat of climate change, plus shifting energy needs and accelerating technological innovations, demands an unprecedented collective response at … read more

The science is clear: we need to act now … and cities are our opportunity to get this right.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C left no question about the future: at the current rate of warming of 0.2°C per decade, global warming will reach 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels around 2040, disrupting basic social and economic activities around the world.

Mayor Rodas on the role of cities and multilevel integration in limiting global warming by 1.5 °C

The battle against climate change can only be won with cities. But, cities cannot do it alone. They are often limited by a lack of access to the resources required to deliver climate action. Multilevel integration can play a key role in raising national ambitions and promoting innovation and action at the local level. This includes vertically integrating investment plans of local authorities into national climate investment plans to address the urban finance gap.

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Climate Emergency, Urban Opportunity Report

Climate Emergency, Urban Opportunity is a new report from the Coalition for Urban Transitions,  an urban-focused initiative with 36 diverse stakeholders across five continents, that aims to support national governments’ efforts to unlock the economic and social benefits of inclusive, zero-carbon cities. Climate Emergency, Urban Opportunity quantifies the social, environmental, and economic benefits available to … read more

For Cities, By Cities: Key Takeaways for City Decision Makers from the IPCC 1.5°C Report and Summary for Urban Policymakers

Cities worked together to summarize the most relevant information and actionable findings related to the latest science on 1.5°C. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C was produced by IPCC scientists – at the request of nations at the adoption of the Paris Agreement – to explain the … read more

Summary For Urban Policymakers

What the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C means for cities.

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New Report Finds National Governments Can Unlock Nearly $24 Trillion by Investing in Zero-Carbon Cities

CONTACT: urbantransitions@gpg.com  New Report Finds National Governments Can Unlock Nearly $24 Trillion by Investing in Zero-Carbon Cities Low-carbon measures in cities could reduce urban emissions by nearly 90% and support 87 million jobs annually by 2030 National governments must prioritise zero-carbon cities today in order to secure economic prosperity and high living standards tomorrow New … read more

10,000+ Cities Join Amazonian Mayors in Calling for Immediate Action to Protect the Amazon Region

Largest global alliance of cities and local governments for climate leadership endorses Amazon Cities Pact September 18, 2019, Manaus, Brazil –– The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, the largest global alliance for climate leadership, uniting a global coalition of over 10,000 cities and local governments, today endorse the Amazon Cities Pact which … read more

MEDIA ADVISORY: Press Call to Preview New Research: National Governments Can Capture Major Economic Benefits by Investing in Zero-Carbon Cities

Featuring: Christiana Figueres; Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; Minister Svenja Schulze and Lord Nicholas Stern On September 17, 2019 at 10:00 EDT (16:00 CEST), the Coalition for Urban Transitions will host an embargoed press call to preview its new report, which finds significant economic, social and environmental benefits for national governments that take a lead … read more

GCoM in the news

Pittsburgh mayor: Europe should be proud of its climate action

By Aline Robert In an interview with EURACTIV France, Bill Peduto speaks about Europe’s good track record on climate protection, despite the decision by US President Donald Trump to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Bill Peduto is a member of the Democratic Party and mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, since 2014. He was upset about Donald Trump’s announcement … read more

Alex Boston and Gregor Robertson: Cities and states can tackle the climate crisis together—here’s how

By Alex Boston and Gregor Robertson A climate crisis is upon us and cities are stepping up to tackle it—but they can’t do it without support at state, provincial, and national levels. Mayors are working with all levels of government to forge new partnerships to achieve the speed and scale needed to limit global warming. … read more

Africa calls for climate justice as green wave sweeps Europe

By Christina Okello “The challenge of climate change is enormous,” says Mohamed Adjei Sowah, the Mayor of Ghana’s capital Accra. Its effects, notably severe flooding and heavy rains, have already devastated the west African city. The mayor in fact was forced to delay our interview due to renewed floods. The deadly cyclone Idai that hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi is another example. … read more

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