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The Club de Madrid Supports the Role of Cities in Climate Action

The Club de Madrid Supports the Role of Cities in Climate Action

June 06, 2011

June 2, 2011, Sao Paolo, Brazil - Andrés Pastrana, President of Colombia (1998-2002) and Member of the Club de Madrid, moderated a high level panel during the C40 Summit in Sao Paolo (the 40 largest cities fighting climate change). The panel focused on advocacy as a key element to achieve the recognition of the important role that cities play in the fight against climate change. The panel of high level speakers included, in addition to President Pastrana, the Lord Mayor of Sydney, the Mayor of Sao Paolo, the Lord Mayor of Heidelberg, and the Secretary for the Environment of Hong Kong.

 

Most of the participants agreed that the best and most efficient way to increase the international recognition of cities in climate change talks and negotiations is by sharing the actual climate actions that cities are implementing. They also highlighted the importance of raising the voice of cities in international fora such as the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference or the next UN Conference on Sustainable Development – Río+20.

President Pastrana, who was the first elected mayor of Bogotá, highlighted the Club de Madrid´s commitment to advocate for this recognition to the cities role in the fight against climate change.

The event convened 35 mayors from all around the world and was hosted by the Mayor of Sao Paolo and chaired by the mayor of New York City. In addition, several special guests participated, such as Bill Clinton, also a Member of the Club de Madrid, or Robert Zoeallick.

 

 

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