With over 1,700 members in 26 European countries, the Climate Alliance is the largest network of cities focused on implementing climate change measures in the local context. On October 2nd and 3rd, the Barcelona Provincial Council and Climate Alliance hosted the conference “Connecting Cities: Local Solutions for Global Problems” at Sant Pau.
With the participation of over 200 Climate Alliance members, the meeting sparked animated debate on how cities can scale up their commitments to climate action, promote the transition to renewable energy and clean mobility, avoid energy poverty, advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in cities and achieve resilience to climate change.
The Barcelona Declaration was one of the most important outcomes of the meeting. Adopted by the Climate Alliance General Assembly that took place during the conference, the declaration reaffirms the commitment of Climate Alliance members to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change by reducing emissions by at least a 10% every five years.
The document, which will be presented at COP24 in Katowice, Poland in November, also calls upon EU and national governments to recognize local and regional government commitments and integrate them into National Energy and Climate Plans.
Interview with the co-president of the Climate Alliance, Tine Heyse
El paper del món local en la lluita contra el canvi climatic a la conferència de l’aliança del clima (article and additional links in Catalan)