Mayor Plante, pledged to the UN to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) of her city by 55% by 2030, compared to the level of 1990 and is ready to go even further
The Mayor of Montréal, Valérie Plante, speaking on behalf of the world's cities during the Climate Action Summit in New York on 23 September 2019, explained that cities are on the forefront of the fight against climate crisis and their actions will have the greatest impact in reducing GHGs.
Recalling that the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has set a target of 45% GHG reduction by 2030, compared to the 2010 level, and carbon neutrality by 2050, Mayor Plante pledged to go further for her city. She reminded political leaders and key environmental stakeholders gathered at the UN General Assembly in New York that the majority of cities around the world are already engaged in the fight against GHGs and are ready to do more, but to do so, they need to be able to count on state support and private sector collaboration.
Stressing that the fight against climate change also helps protect local urban biodiversity, Mayor Plante discussed her role as newly appointed ICLEI Global Ambassador for Local Biodiversity, calling on Mayors around the world to join her in igniting a global wave of local actions to plan with, conserve and restore nature.
Watch Mayor Plante’s intervention at the UN CLimate Action Summit here
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