Mayors launch reporting platform of cities at Climate Summit

EMBARGOED until 20 November 2010, 23.59h GMT MEXICO CITY/MEXICO– Cities know climate action must happen now – not later. The carbonn Cities Climate Registry will put this idea in motion by becoming the hub of cities to report climate actions.

The cCCR is a key component of the Global Cities Covenant on Climate (the Mexico City Pact) which will be adopted at the World Mayors Summit on Climate on November 21 in Mexico City – only days before national governments come together in Cancun, Mexico, for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 16).

“The world’s cities must join together and put their data in the same pot,” says Marcelo Ebrard, Mayor of Mexico City and Chair of the World Mayors Council on Climate Change. “Consolidating our challenges and accomplishments will help cities figure out where we are now in relation to where we must go.” Some cites have already registered their data with the cCCR prior to its official launch and the signing of the Pact, including Cape Town, Copenhagen and Mexico City.
Among cities signing the Mexico City Pact, and committing to report through the cCCR, are Bogota, Johannesburg, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona, Jakarta, Sao Paolo, Nagoya, Montreal, Copenhagen, Curitiba, Dakar, Los Angeles, Quito and Nagpur.

The cCCR will support the global credibility of local climate action by allowing comparability, transparency and accountability of climate actions, performance and commitments. “The cCCR is a platform wherein cities can work together. Cities are ahead of the game of nations and are leading the global process combating climate change. The cCCR will be the official reporting mechanism of this leadership,” says Elisabeth Gateau, Secretary General of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG).

The cCCR will support the leadership of local governments in  tackling climate change as it helps to effectively plan, implement and monitor climate actions. The reporting mechanism of the cCCR will increase global recognition and encourage access to global resources for local players. “Everyone knows that climate change can not be combated without low-carbon cities. The Cities Climate Registry provides the reporting platform needed to inform effective action,” says David Cadman, President of ICLEI and Councillor of Vancouver.

“The carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR) is a major step forward by cities to commit to monitoring, reporting and verification targets on their carbon emissions,” says Felix Dodds, Executive Director of the Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future. “carbonn and the cCCR are tools for cities by cities which show that local governments are the driving forces in tackling climate change. The data local governments will make available will encourage further action and redirect resources to local climate initiatives.”

In a years’ time, data collected by the cCCR will feed the Climate 100 – a scheme that will publicly acknowledge cities whose climate actions and commitments are particularly outstanding. Featuring the best performing, most improved, most comprehensive data reporting and most climate committed cities, the Climate 100 will be a simple way to underline that cities are leading by example.

The cCCR will be operated by the Bonn Center for Local Climate Action and Reporting – carbonn, which was launched by ICLEI and UNEP at Copenhagen Summit in December 2010. carbonn is the technical engine behind the cCCR. User registration, climate data reporting and searchable information about cities and their climate commitments will all be available through the carbonnwebsite.
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About ICLEI More than 1200 local governments and their associations, representing over 440 million people in 70 countries, constitute ICLEI’s membership. ICLEI is a world association of local governments and municipal organizations that have made a commitment to sustainable development.

As a movement, ICLEI runs the world’s largest climate program of cities that links local action to national goals and internationally agreed targets.

ICLEI provides information, delivers training, organizes conferences, facilitates networking and city-to-city exchanges, carries out research and pilot projects, and offers technical services and consultancy. www.iclei.org <http://cts.vresp.com/c/?ICLEILocalGovernment/04e6735251/3976945d7f/340ade9203/utm_campaign=Mayors%20launch%20cities%20reporting%20platform%20-%20press%20release&utm_content=anke.stoffregen%40iclei.org&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=VerticalResponse&utm_term=www%2Eiclei%2Eorg> About carbonn
The “Bonn Center for Local Climate Action and Reporting – carbonn” was established in December 2009 as an initiative of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
About the World Mayors Council on Climate Change (WMCCC) The World Mayors Council on Climate Change is a partner to the World Mayors Summit on Climate being held on 21 November in Mexico City. The WMCCC is an alliance of committed local government leaders advocating an enhanced recognition and involvement of Mayors in global efforts to address climate change. As such it plays an instrumental role in building political leadership around the carbonn Cities Climate Registry. The World Mayors Council has been supported by ICLEI since its inception in 2005.

For further information please contact Anke Stoffregen, Manager Communications and Dialogues, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability at media(a)iclei.org <http://iclei.org>