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Mayors call for greater collective climate action in implementing the Paris Agreement <span><div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note">​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>Please note</h4><p> <b></b><span style="font-weight:700;">Note to editors: this is a joint statement by the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael R. Bloomberg; City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille; and C40 mayors from across the world as listed below. The mayors have made this call as 4 November 2016 marks the day of the Paris Agreement at COP21 coming into effect.</span></p></div></div></span><p>Our cities are on the frontline of the climate change crisis. Rising sea levels threaten millions of residents with flooding, while colder winters and hotter summers take their toll on the most vulnerable in our cities.<br></p><span><p>The noxious emissions from vehicles passing through our city centres pollute the air that our children breathe. </p><p>As mayors and climate leaders, we see every day the scale of the threat posed by climate change and the impact that it has on the lives of our residents. </p><p>Gradual change and incremental reforms to energy markets, transport systems, and recycling rates are no longer enough. </p><p>Every resident, business leader, president, prime-minister and mayor must seize this moment to transform our cities. By doing that, we can transform our world.</p><p>On 4 November the Paris Agreement on Climate Change came into force, binding more than 190 nations to move towards a sustainable future. </p><p>This agreement specifically aims to keep the rise in global temperatures below 1,5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial averages. </p><p>The Paris Agreement represents a turning point in our collective history. </p><p>This is the moment when we chose a different path to secure our planet for future generations. </p><p>And we know that it is in our cities that this new path is being forged.</p><p>Cities are responsible for more than 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions and by 2050, more than two-thirds of the world population will live in cities. </p><p>It is logical that the solutions to climate change will be found in and led by cities. </p><p>That is what we have been concretely working towards since 2005, with the 86 most important cities around the world, through the C40 Cities network. </p><p>More and more cities are also committing to bold reduction targets and inclusive climate actions each day through the platform of the Global Covenant of Mayors.</p><p>As a matter of fact: cities are getting the job done.</p><p>From the roll-out of fleets of electric buses in Chinese and South African cities, to efforts by European, South American and Indian cities to ban the most polluting cars from city centres, and the retrofitting of tens of thousands of buildings across North American and Asian cities to deliver greater energy efficiency, we are taking bold actions to cut emissions and prepare for the worst effects of a warming planet.</p><p>As the Paris Agreement comes into force, cities are once again redoubling their efforts and their commitment to action. </p><p>The world's most influential mayors will gather in Mexico City for the C40 Mayors Summit from 30 November to 2 December.  </p><p>Representing 650 million residents and 25% of global GDP, we will reveal new bold commitments to tackle climate change and air pollution.  </p><p>We will also call for national governments and international financial institutions to concretely help us to finance our low-carbon infrastructure projects that are vitally needed to make our cities truly sustainable.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">One of the reasons that mayors have been able to be particularly bold is because we work together. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Through networks like C40 we are learning from each other, so that success is copied and replicated around the world. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The cost of innovation is reduced and we are all able to learn from inevitable mistakes. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Paris' Velib cycle hire scheme, for example, set the standard for urban bike-hire schemes in cities worldwide, and a great many cities have adopted the idea. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">At least 43 major cities globally have now launched cycle hire programmes.</p><p>The next years are crucial as global greenhouse gas emissions must peak by 2020 and then fall rapidly. </p><p>There is no time to waste and the risk of failure could not be more serious. As mayors we stand ready for the immense challenges that climate change will bring.  </p><p>But we cannot realise our ambition for a sustainable future without the support of the millions of residents who we represent and those most vulnerable among us who are on the front lines. </p><p>As actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio warns in his recent climate change documentary 'Before The Flood': 'The science is clear, the future is not. Now is the moment for every citizen of the world's great cities to join us in defining what the future will be in their cities for climate'. </p><p>Let us implement the Paris Agreement before the flood. </p><p>The following mayors are signatories to this statement:<br><br>Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris<br>Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro<br>Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York<br>Ed Lee, Mayor of San Francisco<br>Marty Walsh, Mayor of Boston<br>Ed Murray, Mayor of Seattle<br>Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver<br>Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal<br>Patricia de Lille, Mayor of Cape Town<br>Park Won-soon, Mayor of Seoul<br>Frank Jensen, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen<br>Giuseppe Sala, Mayor of Milan<br>Manuela Carmena, Mayor of Madrid<br>Raymond Johansen, Governing Mayor of Oslo<br>Karin Wanngård, Mayor of Stockholm<br>Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, Mayor of Warsaw<br>Yorgos Kaminis, Mayor of Athens<br>Guy Morin, Mayor of Basel<br>Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam <br>Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Mayor of Buenos Aires<br>Mauricio Rodas, Mayor of Quito<br>Enrique Peñalosa, Mayor of Bogota<br>Helen Fernández, Mayor of Caracas<br>Herbert M Bautista, Mayor of Quezon City<br>Akel Biltaji, Mayor of Amman</p><p><span style="font-weight:700;">End</span> </p><p></p></span>2016-11-05T22:00:00ZGP0|#904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7;L0|#0904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7|Statements;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#25911343-7c5d-4e1d-b09d-76503874fb6d;L0|#025911343-7c5d-4e1d-b09d-76503874fb6d|patricia de lille;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#762de267-90ad-4660-8493-5085a227187c;L0|#0762de267-90ad-4660-8493-5085a227187c|Transport;GPP|#849c71d3-ed9d-4ce2-89f6-03e9c6f179ef;GPP|#ed82ebba-eb32-4b9a-99c9-da3e081869a61


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