The Paris Declaration, a commitment made by cities for the climate
Act locally to preserve the climate. This is the objective of the Paris Declaration, established on 11 December 2020. Cities that sign it commit to achieving carbon neutrality as soon as possible.
At the end of the Zero Carbon Forum held at City Hall on 10 and 11 December 2020, the mayors of major international cities signed the Paris Declaration. This document reminds cities of their desire to take concrete action to limit global warming to 1.5°C and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 at the latest.
5 years later, cities are more mobilised than ever for the climate
On 12 December 2015, the Paris Agreement committed the signatory states to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Since then, although progress has been made, the States' action plans are not up to scratch and the fight against global warming is becoming more urgent every day. The cities wished to recall their commitment, alongside the States, to achieve the ambitious objectives set by the Paris Agreement.
Ambitious but necessary commitments
The commitments of the Paris Declaration join the "Cities Race to Zero" campaign for ambitious and equitable climate action by cities at COP26 in Glasgow in 2021. "Race to Zero is a global campaign launched by the United Nations to rally businesses, cities, regions and investors to create momentum around the transition to a decarbonised economy ahead of COP26 in Glasgow in 2021. Its aim: to send a strong signal to countries to strengthen their contributions to the Paris Accord and to assist participating cities by providing the best expertise, scientific basis and tools to set targets compatible with the 1.5°C objective of the Paris Accord, and to engage in relevant inclusive climate action.
Among the commitments made by the signatory cities is the willingness to :
- Put climate action at the centre of the local agenda, to achieve carbon neutrality and create a sober and equitable society.
- Integrate all actors (political leaders, business leaders, trade unions, investors and civil society, especially youth) to work together against climate change.
- Inform annually and transparently about the progress of climate policies.
- To bring about real climate justice to protect the most vulnerable from climate change and fuel poverty.
- Commit with all our public and private partners to implement the right to renewable and carbon neutral energy for all our citizens by 2050.
All the resolutions are to be found in the Paris Declaration.
Mayors from all continents committed to climate action
Present physically or online at the Zero Carbon Forum, many mayors have already signed the declaration. This is the case of Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles (United States), Raymond Johanssen, Mayor of Oslo (Norway), Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montreal (Canada), Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London (England) or Gentiny Ngobila Mbaka, Governor of Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo).