Cities will be key in the fight against climate change, UN chief says

(EurActiv, 10 Oct 2019) Mayors from all over the world are meeting in Copenhagen this week for the C40 World Mayors Summit. They have gathered to fight the so-called ‘climate urgency’ and are calling for a “Green New Deal” to be implemented worldwide. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Wednesday marked the start of a three-day meeting of the so-called “C40”, an alliance of 94 cities, which together account for 25% of the global GDP and have committed themselves to implement ambitious climate protection measures.

On behalf of more than half a billion people, the mayors have vowed to double their efforts to ensure that the climate targets under the Paris Climate Agreement are reached. They have committed to ensure that all future urban planning projects do not go beyond the agreement’s 1.5-degree threshold.

“We still have time to act, but no more time to wait,” Copenhagen’s Mayor Frank Jensen told a press conference.

According to Paris Mayor and C40 President Anne Hidalgo, time is running out and it is now up to the cities and municipalities to act themselves.

“The world’s heads of state and government met last month in New York. Once again, they were unable to agree on the measures needed to end the climate crisis,” she said.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who attended the New York Environment Summit, commented on the C40 initiative and wrote: “Cities are where the climate battle will largely be won or lost”.

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