More than 125 mayors from 31 countries have committed to take the urgent action necessary to tackle the climate crisis. The cities, which include Bangkok, Thailand; Chuncheon-si, Korea; Miami Beach, USA; Mumbai, India; and Rabat, Morocco, pledged to cut emissions in half within the next decade and reach net zero carbon emissions globally by 2050.
96 cities made this commitment through the Paris Declaration, an effort launched by Mayor Anne Hidalgo of Paris in December 2020 on the fifth-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement. The total number of cities committed to net-zero through the Cities Race to Zero campaign now stands at 704.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is a global catastrophe. But investment in recovery is a generational opportunity to put climate action, clean energy and sustainable development at the heart of cities’ strategies and policies,” said UN Secretary-General, António Guterres. “How we design power generation, transport and buildings in cities – how we design the cities themselves - will be decisive in getting on track to achieve the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.