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#COP21: 1,700 cities call United Nations Secretary to make the Covenant global and part of the climate diplomacy
#COP21: 1,700 cities call United Nations Secretary to make the Covenant global and part of the climate diplomacy
5 June 2015 - 14:09

On the occasion of the International Climate Talks in Bonn (4-5 June), 1,700 cities of the Climate Alliance network delivered eight messages to Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC - United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. 

Amongst those messages delivered ahead of Paris climate change talks were the up-scaling of the Covenant of Mayors to a global level and the use of the initiative as a part of climate diplomacy. Tine Heyse, Deputy Mayor of Ghent (Belgium), highlights: "We absolutely need a global protocol that acknowledges the efforts of local and regional authorities around the world and supports them in further climate action". All levels of government must work together to bridge the emissions gap. 

On Wednesday 3 June, representatives from local authorities of the Climate Alliance network, including the Province of Barcelona (a Covenant Coordinator), had the opportunity to have a meeting with Christiana Figueres, who expressed her support to the Covenant of Mayors as a model to be scaled up. She stresses: “We are happy to work with you and support you”. Expanding the Covenant of Mayors globally has the potential to unite local authorities in sharing a long-term GHG-reduction target and reconciling energy and climate ambition with day-to-day concerns of citizens. 

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