He said: “Climate change is the catalyst, but these plans go much further, how to create cleaner, more inclusive, more egalitarian cities, with better housing and better jobs.” Among the cities best assessed to meet their emissions reduction targets, the NRDC is working to make the Global Climate Action Summit a success, building on more ambitious commitments to the landmark 2015 agreement and enhanced initiatives to reduce pollution. Recognizing that many developing countries and small island developing states that have contributed the least to climate change are most likely to suffer the consequences, the Paris Agreement contains a plan for developed countries – and others that are able to do so – to continue to provide financial resources to help developing countries reduce and increase their capacity to withstand climate change. The agreement builds on the financial commitments of the 2009 Copenhagen Accord, which aimed to increase public and private climate finance to developing countries to $100 billion per year by 2020. (To put it in perspective, in 2017 alone, global military spending amounted to about $1.7 trillion, more than a third of which came from the United States. The Copenhagen Pact also created the Green Climate Fund to mobilize transformation funding with targeted public dollars. The Paris agreement expected the world to set a higher annual target by 2025 to build on the $100 billion target by 2020 and create mechanisms to achieve this. “I was president of the C40 cities when the 2020 deadline was set and I challenged global cities to put in place their own climate plan, which protects people, creates green jobs, ends inequality and builds the future we want,” Hidalgo said before the event. In addition to this declaration, 211 climate mayors have adopted the Paris Agreement goals for their cities since President Trump announced his withdrawal, 13 governors have created the bipartisan U.S. climate alliance and 17 governors have issued individual statements that assist Paris. Today`s declaration joins this growing movement of sub-national leaders and civil society by announcing that these leaders are not just moving forward, but moving forward together.

The Secretary-General`s Special Representative for Climate Policy today announced the $70 million American Cities Climate Challenge, a major new effort to accelerate progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions while pushing the local economy into a period of federal inaction. The Challenge is open to America`s 100 most populous cities.

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