To ensure that cities and local governments will play a critical role in the upcoming climate negotiations, a Climate Summit for Local Leaders is organised parallel to the 21st United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21) which is taking place from 30 November to 11 December 2015.
On December 4, 1000 mayors from all over the world will gather at the Climate Summit for Local Leaders. The Climate Summit for Local Leaders will highlight and build on the efforts of the Compact of Mayors, a global coalition of cities pledging to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions, enhance resilience to climate change, and track their progress transparently. It will showcase major climate initiatives supported by local and subnational governments and increase the visibility of local authorities at COP21.
The summit co-hosted by Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of the City of Paris and Michael R. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York and current UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, will co-host the summit. Amongst the participants are representatives of several local and regional governments’ networks, including C40, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) and PLATFORMA.
Other events for local and regional governments at COP21
Following the Climate Summit for Local Leaders, several other meetings and seminars are taking place, including the UCLG World Council and Executive Bureau. Furthermore, CEMR, PLATFORMA and the Convenant of Mayors will co-host the conference “European cities and regions united against climate change”.
For more information on these events, please refer to the programme for local and regional governments at COP21.