COP21 - 1000 Mayors commit to protect the climate
Mayors representing some 1,000 cities around the world met in Paris on 4th December on the sidelines of the 21st UN conference on climate change (COP21) for the summit of local elected leaders for climate, on the invitation of Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, and Michaël Bloomberg, UN special envoy for cities and climate and former Mayor of New York.
Kampala city was represented by Mrs. Jennifer Musisi, Executive Director of Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) which has just joined the world forum of mayors (Compact Mayors).
At the end of this gathering, the participants committed, in a joint declaration, to “reduce the annual greenhouse gas emissions by 3.7 gigatonnes by 2030.” This objective represents a 30% difference between the current national commitments and the level of emissions recommended by the scientific community to limit global warming to 2°C.
They also committed to “support the ambitious objectives in favour of climate, including the transition towards 100% renewable energy or an 80% reduction of greenhouse gas emission by 2050.”
The role of cities in the fight against global warming is crucial as urban centres are home to more than 50% of the world population, two thirds by 2050, and generate up to 70% of carbon emissions.