The World Summit Climates and Territories gathered over 900 elected local representatives from all continents invited by a coalition of local governments, as well as actors from the private sector and civil society. Six months before COP21, this event gives these actors who are not directly involved in international climate negotiations the opportunity to show their commitment to reduce CO2 emissions and encourage the States to reach an agreement that achieves the 2°C target in 2100.
During the Summit, workshops were organised to tackle all major areas that are important for climate change (Forest – Mobility and transport – Education, mobilisation, awareness raising – Energy generation, distribution and consumption – Low carbon economy and jobs – Agriculture – Decentralised cooperation and Territorial partnerships – Financing – Adaptation – Territorial planning). The objective of these sessions is to amend and finalise the texts that partners have drafted prior to arrival.
These declarations include commitments and recommendations and will be adopted by representatives of local governments and delivered to François Hollande, president of the French Republic, Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and CODATU. Facilitating dialogue about mobility and transport CODATU co-piloted the workshop « Mobility and Transport », and coordinated the draft that will be submitted to local representatives. The CO2 emissions reduction potential in urban mobility is important, especially because low-carbon mobility policies address the challenges emerging cities face: congestion, air pollution, and road safety. Decision makers all over the world acknowledge that inclusive urban mobility policies foster economic development while addressing local challenges and climate change.
The workshop gave the opportunity to present the initiative that CODATU is leading which aims to promote sustainable urban mobility planning in emerging cities and to value related CO2 emission reductions within the climate negotiation framework (see the Initiative Sustainable Urban Mobility: What’s your plan?)
A programme for the days events and speakers can be downloaded here: Draft_programme