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  • Mayor Won-soon Park jointly declares the “Paris City Hall Declaration” for city-level greenhouse gas reduction.

  • Press Releases SMG 2944

    – Friday 4th, ‘Paris City Hall Declaration” with Mayors and Governors around the world at the Climate Summit for Local Leaders.
    – Panel discussion with Mayors of Rio, Dakar, and Istanbul at the Grand Opening on ‘City Solutions’.
    – City reaffirms shared responsibility of the world’s citizens to solve the problem of climate change and promises to establish specific action plans.

    At 17:35 local time on Friday, 4th of December, Mayor Park participates in the Climate Summit for Local Leaders in Paris, France, as the President and Honor Chairman of ICLEI and jointly declares the Paris City Hall Declaration: a Decisive Contribution to COP21′.

    The Climate Summit for Local Leaders takes place at Paris City Hall, with over 800 participants, including Mayor Anne Hidalgo of Paris, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change Michael Bloomberg, the 3 city networks ICLEI, C40, and UCLG, mayors, officials of regional governments, NGOs, and civilian experts.

    ICLEI : A network of local governments for sustainable development, with 87 countries and over 1000 regional governments and regional government networks.
    C40 : A group of large cities that have promised responsibility to climate change, a total of 76 cities.
    UCLG : Alliance of local governments from around the world. 136 countries and over 1000 local governments.

    The Paris City Hall Declaration clearly states that advancing and sharing climate change solutions is a shared responsibility of all citizens around the world, and that promoting and sharing solutions to climate change is a matter of rights, equality, progress, and social justice, and includes detailed executive plans to produce resilience strategies and action plans to adapt to the rising incidence in climate-related hazards by 2020 and support transition to 100% renewable energy in communities.

    At the Grand Opening that takes place at 9:00 local time, Mayor Park participates in a panel discussion on City Solutions, together with the Mayors of Rio, Dakar, and Istanbul.

    In the opening speech, Mayor Park emphasizes that “Earth is already a gigantic network of cities. We should bring together smallest efforts with the creativity and responsibility of local governments, extend them beyond national boundaries. We must think globally, and act locally.”

    In line with his statement, Mayor Park said that “the crisis of global climate change is a problem that not only nations but all the cities of the world must solve together”, and that “as a representative city of ICLEI and a metropolis of 10 million, Seoul will advance at the forefront of greenhouse gas reduction”.

    Reference: Summary of COP summit meeting.

    ≪ Summary of the meeting ≫

    ▶ Time and place : Friday, 4 December, 08:00 ~ 18:00 / Paris City Hall.
    ▶ Host and Chairperson : Anne Hidalgo Mayor of Paris, Michael Bloomberg, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change.
    ▶ Honor Chairpersons : Mayors of Seoul, Rio, Johannesburg, and Istanbul.
    ▶ Participants : Over 800. Mayors, local government officials, NGOs, and civilian experts.
    ▶ Special guests : President of France, UN Secretary General, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Chairperson of IPCC.
    ▶ Subject : Climate leadership of local governments and the achievements of the Compact of Mayors.

    ▶ Entire program :

    Time Event Details
    08:00~09:00 Registration
    09:00~09:45 Grand Opening Opening/Greeting
      – Michael Bloomberg, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change
      – Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris

    Panel Discussion on ‘City Solutions’
      – Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Chair of C40
      – Park Won-soon, Mayor of Seoul, President of ICLEI
      – Khalifa Sall, Mayor of Dakar, President of UCGLA
      – Kadir Topbas, Mayor of Istanbul, President of UCLG
      – Keynote address, Francois Hollande, President of France

    10:00~12:00 Parallel Sessions C40 Forum
      – UCLG World Council
      – ICLEI Forum(Agora)
    12:00~14:30 Lunch Lunch with special guests on a Senne cruise
    14:30~15:00 Official Photo On the staircase of the Paris City Hall complex
    15:00~17:35 General Session Opening/greeting
      – Michael Bloomberg, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change
      – Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris

    Act 1: The need to adapt to as well as mitigate climate change
    Act 2: Cities’ solutions to climate change
    Act 3: Innovative finance mechanisms for climate change”

    17:35~18:00 Closing Declaration of the Paris City Hall Statement
      – Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris
      – Michael Bloomberg, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change
      – Ki-moon Ban, UN Secretary General
      – Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of UNFCCC”