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  Covenant Newsletter Special issue - Nov. 2015  
New Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy:
Over 400 city representatives gathered on 15 October in the European Parliament in Brussels to attend the Joint Covenant of Mayors & Mayors Adapt Ceremony. On the road to COP21, this year's ceremony emphasized the key role played by local governments and stakeholders in mitigating climate change.

"The Covenant of Mayors has proved local action has far more impact than any global conference or strategy paper ever can" , said Commissioner for Energy & Climate Action Miguel Arias Canete in the opening speech. Following him on stage, Deputy Mayor of Paris Patrick Klugman continued: "Cities are places of solutions to tackle climate change" and reminded that "for the 1st time, [they] are awaited at the negotiation table".

Mayors and representatives from all over Europe shared their experience and vision of a sustainable future. Mayor of Nantes Johanna Rolland, who had the opportunity to exchange with Commissioner Canete earlier that day, said she was convinced that "climate change can be turned into positive energy for building a new model of society". Illustrating these words, Mayor of Heidelberg Eckart Würzner notably talked about his city building the world’s largest 100% renewable district and Mayor of Ghent Daniël Termont shared the ambitious political objective to become a climate-proof city by 2030.

"The world’s biggest urban climate & energy initiative" - according to Commissioner Canete - entered a new phase during the ceremony with the launch of the "New Integrated Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy". City representatives and EU political leaders symbolically endorsed the new Covenant framework supporting implementation of the 2030 EU targets, a joint approach to tackling mitigation and adaptation to climate change, and the extension of the initiative to a global scope.

The European Commission’s initiative is now "looking beyond COP21, beyond 2020 and beyond our shores" (Commissioner Canete). “Opening up the model worldwide offers an opportunity to allow cities and regions across the globe to collaborate, share ambition and set the future agenda on climate change,” said President of the Committee of the Regions Markku Markkula.

© photo Nathalie Nizette

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