SPECIAL COP21 – Local Leaders deliver declaration of climate commitments alongside COP21

Six hundred and forty mayors attended the Climate Summit for Local Leaders at the Paris City Hall on Friday (Dec. 4), hosted by Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo and Michael R. Bloomberg, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change.

The aim of the meeting was to contribute to the coinciding event, the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference, while highlighting the substantial role of cities in addressing climate change. The Summit concluded with participants delivering a declaration of commitments to the ongoing UN negotiations.

In the Paris City Hall Declaration, city and region leaders commit to:

  • Advance and exceed the expected goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement
  • Produce and implement participatory resilience strategies and action plans to adapt to the rising incidence of climate related hazards by 2020
  • Deliver up to 3.7 gigatons of urban GHG emissions reductions annually by 2030 – the equivalent of up to 30% of the difference between current national commitments and the 2⁰C emissions reduction pathway
  • Support ambitious long-term climate goals such as a transition to 100% renewable energy, or a 80% GHG emissions reduction by 2050
  • Engage in partnerships to enhance cooperation and capacity-building programs, scale-up climate change solutions, develop metrics and promote innovative finance mechanisms and investments in low-emission projects

At a separate event held on the same day, the Compact of Mayors and the European Covenant of Mayors launched a formal cooperation for cities addressing climate change.

The Compact of Mayors is a global coalition of 392 cities committed to reducing local GHG emissions and transparently tracking progress, which was launched by Ban Ki-moon at the UN Climate Summit in September 2015 under the leadership of city networks ICLEI, C40 and UCLG. The Covenant of Mayors is a voluntary commitment made by several thousand local European governments to tackle climate change in their territories.

According to the press release, “The core principles of the partnership will be to recognize local governments as key contributors to a global climate solution, work with city networks as critical partners to support participating cities, capture city climate action plans from registration to implementation, and emphasize importance of reducing GHG emissions and fostering local climate resilience.”

Both the Compact of Mayors and the Covenant of Mayors attended the Climate Summit for Local Leaders.


(Image: Anne Hidalgo and Michael R. Bloomberg. Photo credit: Mike Bloomberg/Twitter)