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<< Back to: ICLEI e-News | issue 11, December 2007 - January 2008

Bali2007 to be the “defining moment”; local governments in agreement

The Chairman of the IPCC, upon the release of its definitive scientific report, contends that “What we do in the next two to three years will determine our future.  This is the defining moment.”

Local governments worldwide, already leaders in achieving quantifiable greenhouse gas emissions, call upon national governments to develop and implement complementary actions such as long-term targets, aggressive policies and funding mechanisms that assist local governments in achieving further greenhouse gas reductions.

The action and leadership taken by local governments is significant, given that they consume some 75 percent of the world’s energy, and are responsible for 80 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.

Through the performance framework of ICLEI’s Cities for Climate Protection Protection™ Campaign, cities are adopting - and meeting - greenhouse gas reduction targets.  The city of Melbourne has increased its reduction target from 30 per cent to 50 percent, having already achieved a reduction of 26 percent.  The city of London plans to reduce its carbon emissions by 60 percent within 20 years.  And in the U.S.A, over 600 cities and towns are working to achieve the Kyoto Protocol target of a seven percent reduction, through the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement that ICLEI initiated.

Local governments will be at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali in December, well represented by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, and its global partners United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the World Mayors Council on Climate Change (WMCCC).  A local government delegation will attend these international negotiations to support the dialogue on effective policies addressing climate change, and to inspire other levels of government to action.   

Additionally, ICLEI will host the Local Government Climate Sessions during COP 13.  Held on 10-11 December, the Local Government Climate Sessions are a two-day event to share with the international community how local governments are contributing to global efforts addressing climate change, and to demonstrate their willingness to contribute to the debate on a post-Kyoto global climate regime. 

Please return to the website www.iclei.org/bali2007 for updates on the number of local governments planning to attend Bali2007, new information on the potential outcomes of COP 13, and how local governments plan to influence these negotiations.