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EUROCITIES president speaks at COP 21

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Johanna Rolland, mayor of Nantes and EUROCITIES president, spoke at several events during COP 21 in Paris.

The 21st Conference of Parties (COP 21) in Paris concluded on 11 December with a unanimous agreement to limit global warming to well below 2°C, with the aim of pursuing a 1.5°C target in the long run. The agreement also puts in place a mechanism to review national commitments every five years. Local and subnational actors are recognised for their important efforts to address climate change. .

Johanna Rolland, EUROCITIES president and mayor of Nantes, represented our network at several sessions alongside the negotiations. 

Speaking at the Lima Paris Action Agenda (LPAA) Cities and Regions Focus event on the morning of 8 December, Johanna Rolland announced  that Nantes will host a major climate change summit, entitled 'Climate Chance', on 28-29 September 2016. The intention for this summit is to become a regular event for all non-state actors involved in taking up the chance to fight against climate change. 

She said: “Major European cities have made climate change a priority, and the work doesn’t stop at COP 21. In Nantes we’re hosting an international climate summit next September to keep the momentum going.”

Johanna Rolland spoke later on the same day at the Covenant of Mayors World Tour, which was an opportunity to discuss how to build on the success of the Covenant of Mayors initiative on climate mitigation and adaptation beyond Europe.

She said: “The New Integrated Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy highlights the pioneering role of cities in taking comprehensive climate action. We invite all municipalities to sign up to the initiative, and encourage states to follow their example.”

EUROCITIES hosted two thematic sessions to highlight the role of major cities in addressing climate change at local level. Our sessions were held at the TAP (Transformative Actions Program) Cities and Regions Pavilion. This was co-hosted by the cities of Paris and Bristol and by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, a global network committed to a sustainable future. These sessions focused on 'climate action for jobs and social inclusion' and 'smart city solutions for energy efficiency and climate change'. 

Johanna Rolland opened our session on smart city solutions on 8 December by reiterating our message that ‘there can be no smart cities without smart citizens’. 

EUROCITIES staff contact

Matilde Chinellato