The Edmonton Declaration
In brief, the Edmonton Declaration:
- Engages all levels of government to recognize the immediate and urgent need for action that will limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius,
- Recognizes that cities face some of the most significant impacts of rising GHG emissions and bear the much of the costs for adaptation and mitigation,
- Reinforces the importance and role of cities in achieving the targets in the Paris Agreement,
- Calls on the scientific community and other levels of government to provide better data and tools for science-based decision-making,
- Asks cities to look beyond their borders at the impact of consumption on GHG emissions.
By signing the Edmonton Declaration, mayors are committing to taking the mantle of leadership on climate change, and amplifying the message that rising greenhouse gas emissions severely impact cities.
Innovate4Cities – A Global Climate Action Accelerator
The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy have taken the lead on developing a global climate action accelerator, which will address critical knowledge, data and innovations gaps that cities experience. As they proceed with stakeholder engagement at city network and international gatherings, they will be using the Edmonton Declaration as a touchpoint to continue to gather global support to highlight the need for research and innovation that is specific to cities. This will be a powerful tool to help cities create policy, form partnerships and build financial resources.
Cities are facilitating and directly implementing innovative solutions to the challenges of climate change. The Invest4Cities initiative will focus on creating a shared understanding of the impacts climate change will have on cities and directly assist cities in identifying the optimal approaches to be implemented to both mitigate carbon emissions and adapt its infrastructure to a changing climate. All solutions, policy changes, infrastructure improvements and low carbon programs will need to be evidence based; the Invest4Cities initiative will provide local governments and practitioners with city level data to help them create the value cases to implement these solutions.
Ultimately, the Edmonton Declaration and Invest4Cities initiative will enable cities to take targeted, accelerated and ambitious climate action and facilitate a just transition to a low carbon future. Cities and city networks will be able to bring these documents to private industry, and national and subnational governments, in order to catalyze new research, build new data, provoke innovation, and stimulate new funding sources for cities to combat climate change.