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Europske regije i gradovi: uspjeh globalnog klimatskog dogovora ovisi o priznanju lokalnih vlasti

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svijetThe Committee of the Regions and Climate Alliance have joined forces to call on world leaders to formally recognize the role of local government in their global strategy on climate change. The message came during a conference co-organized by the Committee – the EU’s assembly of local and regional authorities – and Climate Alliance held in Lima where negotiators are thrashing out the detail of a climate change agreement ahead of the major talks in Paris next year.

Representing the Committee, Annabelle Jaeger (PES/FR) recalled a UNDP report which points out how the world’s local and regional governments were responsible for 70% of climate mitigation and 90% of adaptation measures. She said, ” If we are all to shoulder the burden, if we are to agree that it is only through cooperation can we make the shift towards a low-carbon global economy, it is time to formally recognize local governments as partners who must help shape the global strategy on climate change”.

In this regard the Committee is calling on the UN and world leaders to formally include a clear reference to the role of local governments in the final climate change text. Jaeger, a member of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Regional Council, said, “The time has now come for the UN and all negotiating partners to formally recognize local governments as partners in our shared fight against climate change. We demand that cities and regions be formally considered as governmental organizations and call for a new governance process whereby they are not simply given observer status, but participate in the formal negotiations”.

During the conference, speakers underlined the importance of ensuring coherence between EU policies focused on emissions’ reductions and the efforts to adapt to inevitable climate change. Speakers also shared local experiences and best practises in mitigating climate change in Europe. The example of the Covenant of Mayors – whereby over 6000 local and regional authorities have agreed to meet and exceed the EU’s 20% CO2 reduction objectives by 2020 – was presented as an example of the level of ambition and efforts taken by Europe’s local and regional authorities.

„Sporazum gradonačelnika postao je referenca za upravljanje na više razina u Europi. Temelji se na skupu načela kao što su dugoročna predanost, uključenost građana i ambiciozna i integrirana klimatska akcija. Sporazum gradonačelnika mogao bi poslužiti kao model i za druge kontinente i biti početak globalnog pokreta ”, rekao je Mercè Rius I Serra, zamjenik predsjednika za okoliš, pokrajina Barcelona i član Klimatskog saveza.

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