By 2030, two thirds of humanity will live in urban centers, where today more than 50% of the world’s population lives and more than 75% of all energy is consumed. All cities are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, especially fast growing cities in developing countries.
Mayors and local governments are critical when it comes to practical climate actions, if genuinely empowered and resourced, have the potential to lead emission reductions to ensure high global greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets are met.
Globally cities and local governments strive to collaborate to effectively respond to the urgency and rapid pace of global warming. Local governments, subnational and national governments must- independently and together- lead and act to achieve the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions required to avoid catastrophic impacts from climate change.
The world mayors and local governments call upon all national governments to work through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to adopt commitments to stay within a 2 degree Celsius threshold increase of the Earth’s surface temperature. They specifically call for a framework that will achieve a reduction of 60% greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2050 globally, with industrialized countries to commit to 80% greenhouse gas reductions from 1990 levels.
Mayors and local governments accept the challenge and responsibility to lead and take action to combat the rapid and dangerous rate of warming of the planet. Building on the existing commitments of local government leaders and their associations, including the ICLEI Cities for Climate Protection™ Campaign, World Mayors Council on Climate Change, the US Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement, C40 Climate Leadership Group and the United Cities and Local Government (UCLG) Jeju Declaration, mayors and local governments set forth the following commitments:
Launched at the United Nations Climate Change Conference by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, the World Mayors Council on Climate Change (WMCCC), United Cities and Local Government and the C40 Climate Leadership Group in Bali, Indonesia, 12 December 2007.