This Friday, 11 December, mayors from around the world will digitally meet in Paris to discuss the progress made so far in regards to the Paris Climate Agreement and will reaffirm their climate commitments. The invitation comes from the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of COP21, which previews climate neutrality by the mid-century.
An overview of the climate achievements, five years after COP21
In 2015, Anne Hidalgo and Michael Bloomberg, UN Special Envoy on Cities and Climate, brought together 1,000 mayors from around the world in Paris. They wanted to send a strong signal to states that solutions to climate change exist and cities have the power to implement them.
Now, five years later, Hidalgo will again invite the key players in the fight against climate change in a digital format, open to the general public, to discuss contemporary challenges facing cities and the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic. The meeting will take place on Friday 11 December from 9:00 CET and can be watched on the website of the City of Paris or the Forum Zero Carbone, which is taking place right now.
Among the confirmed speakers of the forum are the mayors of Barcelona, London, Brussels, Athens, Warsaw, Stockholm, to name but a few. They will be joined by high-level political representatives, including Director-General of UNESCO Audrey AZOULAY, Prime Ministers of Scotland and Portugal, as well as by many scientists and representatives of the NGO and business sectors.
The so-called “Paris Agreement” was reached at a UN conference held from 30 November to 12 December 2015 in Paris. Back then, 195 countries agreed on the reduction of adverse climate activities and reached the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal.
They set out the long-term goal of keeping the increase in global temperature well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to aim to limit the increase to 1.5°C. The EU’s ratification in October 2016 triggered the entry into force of the Agreement less than one year after its adoption.