The Paris climate summit, known as COP 21, took place in November-December 2015. The summit’s key objective was to agree on an international accord to keep global average temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius. Cities were a significant actor in this process and now are positioned to play a key role in its implementation. Scroll below to see Citiscope’s news coverage from COP 21, and click here for the latest on how cities around the world are working toward implementation of the Paris Agreement.
The Paris climate accord is notable for its robust framework on monitoring and evaluation. Habitat III will need something similar — and the groundwork already exists for an exciting conversation on this issue.
Neal Peirce December 14, 2015
Questions remain about financing mechanisms for local and regional governments.
Gregory Scruggs December 14, 2015
Details to be finalized over coming year. Newly announced U.N. ‘urban hub’ also to come up with plan on cities and climate before COP 22.
Alecia D. McKenzie December 10, 2015
As local leaders seize the spotlight, what motivates mayors to act against climate change?
Gregory Scruggs December 9, 2015
Buildings are responsible for a third of all greenhouse-gas emissions and are seen as the single easiest and most effective way for cities to make significant climate contributions.
Carey L. Biron December 8, 2015
Mayors and other subnational officials are everywhere in Paris, urging greater focus on financing and implementation as COP 21 accord nears adoption.
Gregory Scruggs December 8, 2015
Gregory Scruggs December 6, 2015
In a first-of-its-kind summit, local authorities pledged support for 100 percent renewable energy and 80 percent reduction in emissions. They also called for city-level climate coordination ahead of next year’s Habitat III conference.
Gregory Scruggs December 5, 2015
Of the eight projects recently approved for the first round of funding under the landmark new Green Climate Fund, not a single one came from the subnational level. Now, the Paris climate summit needs to recognize the efforts of cities.
U.N. released “Guiding Principles for City Climate Action Planning”.
Gregory Scruggs December 4, 2015
The Quito conference “could be a significant occasion for identifying ways of responding” to problems of urban poverty and inequality, the pontiff said in Nairobi.
Gregory Scruggs December 1, 2015
Mayors and other local officials set to make strong showing at Paris summit.
Gregory Scruggs November 30, 2015
To speak of failure around publicly funded projects is a taboo. But how else can we learn from the inevitable pitfalls of dealing with the uncertainty inherent to climate change?
U.N. assessment warns that commitments by national governments will achieve only half of the international goal on curbing global warming.
Carey L. Biron November 13, 2015
New report boosts local actors’ efforts at reducing emissions ahead of Paris climate summit.
Gregory Scruggs October 22, 2015
Report is meant as a handbook for local authorities and others in deciding which form of governance structure may work best for their region.
Carey L. Biron October 6, 2015
This week, Italy became the third country to commit to the Under 2 MOU emissions-reduction pledge.
Gregory Scruggs September 25, 2015
Near the end of a week of climate-related events in New York, 14 new jurisdictions signed on to the Under 2 MOU, pledging to significantly cut their emission rates — and to continue to keep the pressure up ahead of the Paris climate summit.
Kanya D’Almeida September 25, 2015