On December 4, Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of the City of Paris and Michael R. Bloomberg, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change – in partnership with the global networks of cities and local governments for climate action – will co-host the Climate Summit for Local Leaders, a global meeting of over a thousand mayors on climate change.
The Climate Summit for Local Leaders is being held in the framework of the 21st United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21), being celebrated in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015. COP21 aims to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate change, with the goal of keeping global warming below 2°C. The conference is expected to attract close to 50,000 participants including 25,000 official delegates representing national and subnational governments, intergovernmental organizations, UN agencies, NGOs and civil society.
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 our constituency at COP21.
The meetings of the UCLG World Council and Executive Bureau will also be held in Paris during COP 21.