Presentation in Nantes of the Second Report of the MCP

CITIES ARE WORLDWIDE LEADERS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE, ACCORDING TO RESULTS OF THE SECOND ANNUAL REPORT OF THE GLOBAL CITIES COVENANT ON CLIMATE, PRESENTED BY FUNDACIÓN PENSAR IN NANTES, FRANCE

• A total of 286 cities from 60 countries of all regions of the world have signed the Mexico City Pact, representing a population of 270 million people.
• 104 signatory cities from 40 countries reported their progress on mitigation and adaptation to climate change to the Fundación Pensar, which serves as the International Secretariat to the Pact.

• Leading public figures such as Nobel Prize winners Mario Molina and Rajendra Pachauri, or the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, recognized, during the presentation of the report, the Covenant as one of the most important instruments to encourage local efforts in the fight against global warming.

NANTES, FRANCE – In her participation at the World Mayors Summit on Climate Change in 2013 in Nantes, France, the General Director of the International Secretariat of the Global Cities Covenant on Climate, Fundación Pensar, Martha Delgado, reported that a total of 286 cities from 60 countries of the world have signed the Global Cities Covenant on Climate, or Mexico City Pact.

The cities that reported in this Second Annual Report 2012 represent a population of nearly 180 million people spread across five continents, who actively participate in the implementation of mitigation and adaptation actions to fight climate change, the main environmental challenge for humanity.

During her participation in the Declaration Ceremony on the World Mayors Summit on Climate Change 2013 held in Nantes, France, Martha Delgado presented the Second Report on the results of the Mexico City Pact, which shows the main actions implemented by 104 cities around the world from various locations, economies, sizes and structures.

Martha Delgado informed that the signatory cities reported a set of 542 climate policies, of which 327 are mitigation and 215 are adaptation policies. She also mentioned that the three main categories in which cities concentrated their policies are energy (119), studies, plans and inventories (78) and water (63).

“The Global Cities Covenant on Climate has managed to express very clearly that many cities are developing ambitious actions to combat global warming, and as opposed to the unwillingness of nations, cities in the world have taken a huge responsibility to recognize their leading role and develop technical, human and financial resources available to assist in resolving the problem”, said Martha Delgado, the Vice President of the international organization ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.

In her speech, Martha Delgado argued that by signing the Mexico City Pact, mayors have shown great commitment to the climate agenda and the implementation of projects of both, mitigation of greenhouse gases, as well as adaptation of communities to the effects of global warming occurring in cities.

 

“The Mexico City Pact Second Report 2012, is a valuable exchange medium for actions between cities, and has becomes a testimony of the viability of climate projects that have been successful, and delivers confidence to other cities that are in the process of making decisions to implement some changes in its policies on climate change mitigation”, she said.

 

About the Mexico City Pact

 

On November 21, 2010 the Global Cities Covenant on Climate (Mexico City Pact) was signed by mayors of 138 cities worldwide, in partnership with the World Mayors Council on Climate Change, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the Club of Madrid.

 

In November 2011, as part of the Zero Emissions Conference held annually in Oslo, Norway, the First Annual Report of the Pact was presented with the results of the work of 217 cities signed up to that point. In December 2011, during the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, the Pact´s partner organizations assigned the Fundación PENSAR, Planeta, Política, Persona, to serve as the International Secretariat of the Global Cities Covenant on Climate. Later during the UN conference Rio +20 in Brazil, Metropolis (World Association of Major Metropolis) joined the group of international organizations allied to this initiative.

As of this day, the Mexico City Pact has 286 signatory cities, of which 104 already reported progress in combating global warming at the local level, which is more than double the number of cities that submitted information for the 2011 First Annual Report.
The Second Annual Report of the Pact is presented in the World Mayors Summit on Climate Change to be held in the framework of ECOCITY SUMMIT 2013 in Nantes, France. Available online at www.fundacionpensar.org.mx /www.mexicocitypact.org