C40 Cities Paris Agreement

The Inclusive Climate Action (ICA) program provides cities with a clear roadmap and support for planning, consensus building and courageous action to combat climate change that are fair and beneficial to all. The Secretary-General`s Special Representative for Climate Policy today announced the $70 million American Cities Climate Challenge, a major new effort to accelerate progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions while pushing the local economy into a period of federal inaction. The Challenge is open to America`s 100 most populous cities. The program will select the 20 cities that will lead America`s efforts to reduce climate emissions. Selected cities will participate in a two-year programme to significantly enhance the impact of their efforts to combat climate change. In our latest report with C40, Deadline 2020: How Cities Will Do the Work, we give an analysis of the contribution that the 84 cities Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) global must make to realize the agreement of aspiration to reality. In 2015, when C40 celebrated its 10th anniversary,[10] cities were decisive voices in designing and defending a strong Paris agreement, just as the guides will be decisive in achieving their ambitions in the future. More than 1,000 mayors, local representatives and municipal leaders[11] from around the world attended the Climate Summit of Local Heads of State and Government, hosted by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and UN Secretary-General Michael R. Bloomberg`s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference.

Paris, Mexico City and the C40 urban diplomacy program recently participated in the UNITED Nations talanoa dialogue, an unprecedented opportunity for cities and all other members of civil society to assess our global efforts with respect to the goals of the Paris Agreement. One Planet Charter is a joint initiative promoted by the C40, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate – Energy and ICLEI, which highlights more than 1,700 commitments by cities around the world to develop sustainable and resilient infrastructure, products and services, while recognizing the importance of close cooperation with governments and national economic sectors to mobilize global climate action. Achieving these ambitious goals is now the overall goal of the C40. This requires climate change action plans for every major city – to address specific local factors and build on global best practices. To help cities achieve their goals, Arup and C4 have jointly implemented the climate change planning framework, which sets the standard for urban climate change plans that meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. New York City (NYC) Mayor Bill de Blasio has committed the city to the Paris Agreement, the first city in the world to do so. As a C40 member city, NYC sought instructions on how to improve its existing climate plan. We contributed to the draft plan, and discussed its zero-carbon ambitions. Analysis of air quality in these cities shows that the measures announced today could prevent 11,000 premature deaths per year. The C40`s vision for a bright future is based on the will, the ability of city leaders to brighten up and the commitment of city leaders to put the world on a low-carbon development trajectory.

By 2050, cities will be compact, connected and coordinated. They will have dense shapes instead of vast urban forms known for their living green belts and green roofs. Urban citizens will benefit from a high level of mobility, mainly based on walking, cycling and public transport.