Under the patronage of François Hollande, President of the Republic of France and with the support of the French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, over 100 mayors from 30 countries will convene in Nantes (France) on 27 & 28 September 2013 to take part in the World Mayors Summit on Climate Change.
The high-level event will be held back to back with the ECOCITY World summit, and will capitalise on cities’ forward momentum in the fight against global warming. The first phase of the Local Government Climate Roadmap, an advocacy process aimed at voicing, engaging and empowering local governments worldwide, successfully facilitated international recognition for the role of local governments in tackling climate change. The World Mayors Summit will build on this recognition and aims to build a global consensus that will feed into the upcoming discussions at COP 19 in Warsaw (Poland) later this year and ultimately to COP 21 in Paris (France) in 2015.
To demonstrate their commitment to stemming global warming, all mayors in attendance will be invited to sign the Nantes Declaration of Mayors and sub-national Leaders on Climate Change, which will set the foundation for the new phase of the Local Government Climate Roadmap. The document calls on local governments to join together with national governments, business, civil society and others to create a strong community working towards a low-carbon future.
The two-day event is organized by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, and officially supported by a broad coalition of international networks, including the World Mayors Council on Climate Change(WMCCC), UCLG, Nrg4sd, Climate Alliance, Energy Cities, and EUROCITIES.