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Urban-LEDS cities show at World Summit how it's done

On 2 July 2015, the World Summit Climate & Territories, held in Lyon, France, closed after two days of thematic workshops and plenary assemblies on a strong message: cities, regions, and their citizens are collectively engaged in making low-carbon resilient communities around the world.

Vice Mayor Tikender Singh Panwar of Shimla, India presented the Compact of Mayors to which Shimla has already committed

Addressing over 800 Summit participants, representatives of Urban-LEDS cities Shimla (India), Fortaleza (Brazil), KwaDukuza (S. Africa) and Copenhagen (Denmark) shared their low carbon actions and commitments.

The Summit, organized by the Region Rhône-Alpes under the patronage of French President Francois Hollande was attended by over 800 representatives of non-party stakeholders from all major groups. Together they have cemented their message for COP21 in Paris at the end of the year: cities and regions around the world are ready and on track to meet the challenges of climate change and commit our societies to a low-carbon resilient path that will keep global temperatures under a 2°C increase.

The Summit has also shown that cities, local governments, business and civil society are now asking nation states to take responsibility and to act appropriately. "It's time for national governments to step up, listen to their citizens, and give them what they want", said David Cadman, Special Representative of the ICLEI Presidency in the closing plenary on non-party stakeholders’ commitments.

Highlights of the plenary on non-party stakeholders’ commitments included presentations from ICLEI Secretary General Gino Van Begin, together with President Mohamed Ibrahim of the Timbuktu Region, on the outcomes of the Adaptation Workshop, co-organized by ICLEI, Green Cross, and the International Chamber of Commerce. Member cities of ICLEI also made significant contributions:

  • Vice Mayor Tikender Singh Panwar of Shimla, India presented the Compact of Mayors. Shimla has committed to the Compact, along with Vancouver, Bristol, and Copenhagen. Through the Compact, ICLEI is working with partners UCLG and C40 to help cities reduce local greenhouse gas emissions, enhance resilience to climate change and track and report.
  • Mayor George Ferguson of Bristol, UK – the European Green Capital 2015 – presented the latest data from the carbonn Climate Registry, which currently supports 12 global initiatives and commitments from over 500 cities, who together have committed to approximately 1 billion tons of CO2 emission reductions. Mayor Ferguson invited cities to bridge the gap between ambition and action by using the cCR for data-supported advocacy.
  • Mayor Morten Kabell of Copenhagen, Denmark announced the commitment of the city to become the world’s first carbon neutral capital of the world.
  • Vice Mayor Raymond Louie of Vancouver, Canada presented the ambition of the City of Vancouver to become carbon neutral publicly. 

More information about the event here: http://en.rhonealpes.fr/1197-world-climate-summit-2015-en.htm