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World Mayors Summit on Climate Change 2013

27th – 28th September 2013, Nantes, France

The World Mayors Summit 2013 takes place in this year’s European Green Capital, Nantes, from 27th – 28th September and will bring together over 100 mayors from 30 countries. The event, organised by ICLEI, hopes to demonstrate commitment and leadership on local climate action. Running under the patronage of François Hollande, President of the Republic of France and with the participation of the French Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, the event will be held parallel to the EcoCity World Summit.

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The invitation-only event is calling for a bottom-up approach for cities to access global financing mechanisms for local climate action, and will feature a high-level dialogue on financing options that will discuss current and future initiatives. The attendees include George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, European Green Capital for 2015, Virginia Sonntag-O´Brien of the UNEP National Climate Finance Institutions Support Programme, and Dr. Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility.

Le Grand Éléphant de Nantes. Courtesy of Steve Grosbois

Le Grand Éléphant de Nantes. Courtesy of Steve Grosbois

To solidify their commitment to keeping global warming at bay, all mayors in attendance will be invited to sign the Nantes Declaration of Mayors and sub-national Leaders on Climate Change, which will set the foundation for the new phase of the Local Government Climate Roadmap. The document calls on local governments to work together with national governments, business, civil society and others to create a strong community working towards a low-carbon future.

European Green Capital Award

The competition to become European Green Capital 2016 has now been extended until 13.00 CET 31 October 2013. Commissioner Janez Potočnik “Would like to invite all eligible cities to apply for the prestigious European Green Capital Award for 2016 and use this as an opportunity to review and show their environmental credentials. All winning cities have benefitted from an increased profile for businesses and investments and enhanced their attractiveness as a destination for people to visit, work and live in.”

For more information on the European Green Capital Award click here.

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