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A call for action to Durban summit
As European cities steadily increase their efforts in the fight against climate change, Covenant of Mayors Signatories called on national leaders in Durban to show the same level of commitment and determination.

This message, addressed to the delegates of the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, was unanimously adopted by some 500 mayors on 29 November 2011 in the Hemicycle of the European Parliament in Brussels.

Addressing the audience on the occasion of the third Covenant of Mayors Ceremony, Evelyne Huytebroeck, Minister of the Environment for the Brussels Capital-Region, declared that “we, as representatives of European cities, are mobilised to shoulder our share of responsibility and fight against climate change. In return, ten days from now, at the close of the conference in Durban, we can only hope for the same level of determination from participating states, and we look forward to their encouraging message”.

In a climate of uncertainty and scepticism with regard to the future of the Kyoto Protocol, she also insisted on the urgency to find a “quick and lasting solution to combat climate change”.

The statement, which also received prior support from networks of local and regional authorities supporting the Covenant of Mayors, was endorsed by the 500 mayors attending the ceremony.

Evelyne Huytebroeck attended the COP17 summit in December where she delivered the message in person and sought to restore faith in the post-Kyoto process.

    >> Covenant Monthly Newsletter November 2011 <<
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