Cities and Climate Change Bulletin, October 2014
‘City’ Initiatives Launched at UN Climate Summit
On 23 September 2014, the UN Secretary-General hosted a Climate Summit in New York City. The Summit was an effort to catalyze ambitious action to reduce emissions and strengthen climate resilience. Additionally it aimed to mobilize political will for a global legal agreement by 2015 that limits the world to a less than 2-degree Celsius rise in global temperature. The Cities Action session was co-chaired by the Prime Minister of Italy and the President of Tunisia. ‘City’ initiatives -- including several whose development UN-Habitat supported -- were launched by high level officials from Brazil, USA, China and Ghana; the Mayors of Zhenjiang, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul and Paris; the CEOs of the French Development Agency and the Japan International Cooperation Agency; and the President of Standard and Poor’s Financial Services.