World Mayors Summit on Climate

The initiative for a World Mayors Summit began in Mexico City, promoted by that city’s mayor, Marcelo Ebrard, President of the World Mayors Council on Climate Change.

The necessity and importance of a Climate Summit was proposed and approved during the First Resilient Cities 2010 World Congress of Cities and Climate Change Adaptation, held in Bonn from 28-30 May 2010. Item Ten of the Bonn Declaration—a summary of the congress’s resolutions—establishes that:

“On the eve of COP-16 in December 2010, the World Mayors Summit on Climate will take place in Mexico City on 21 November 2010 and will gather mayors in order to create an innovative international mechanism for local government support and actions at COP-16 and beyond.”

Later the convocation was extended to and accepted by two international local government organizations: ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG).

Key partners joined the World Mayors Summit on Climate: the EU, the Club de Madrid, the UN Environmental Program, the World Bank, the Fundación Pensar, Planeta, Política, Persona and the carbonn Cities Climate Registry.

Responsibility for organizing the summit fell to the Mexico City government, which chose the Fundación Pensar. Planeta, Política, Persona, headquartered in Mexico City, to draft summit strategies and both develop and coordinate the intellectual, organizational, diplomatic and logistical activities required to realize the event.