Rome among cities against climate change at global summit

Mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi's address

 ROME – C40 World Mayors Summit was held in Copenhagen from 9 till 12 October, 2019. C40 is a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change. C40 supports cities to collaborate effectively, share knowledge and drive meaningful, measurable and sustainable action on climate change.

 There is still time to avert the global climate emergency, but the window of opportunity is closing fast. The C40 congratulate UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ efforts to accelerate climate action to implement the Paris Agreement at Climate Action Summit in New York City. The Summit demonstrated that the world is full of innovative climate solutions being delivered by those who recognise the risk of climate breakdown. From the business community to civil society to states, regions and cities, change is happening. Yet, the vast majority of nation states are not responding with the same urgency.

 Millions of people, led by school children, took to the streets to demand meaningful action to address the climate crisis. As we said, “Young people are telling us that the climate emergency demands an emergency response. We couldn’t agree more.”

 By working hand in hand with cities, and matching the level of ambitious climate action being delivered at the local level, nation states can achieve so much more. As new research released last week revealed, investments in low-carbon measures in cities would provide a return of at least US$23.9 trillion by 2050.

 But all nation states, especially the biggest polluters, must step up and commit to science-based targets necessary to get the world on track to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, and keep global heating to below 1.5 °C above pre-industrial averages. Residents of the Bahamas slowly rebuilding after Hurricane Dorian, or the Marshall Islands facing the prospect of their homes sinking beneath the waves, are in no doubt about the urgency of the threat we all face.

 While we wait for sufficient leadership from the intergovernmental system, mayors around the world are leading the way working hand-in-hand with young people, the business community, trade unions and civil society to deliver emissions reductions consistent with a sustainable future for life on our shared planet. More than 70 mayors convened, alongside business leaders, scientists, investors and youth activists, in Copenhagen for the C40 World Mayors Summit, to define how we can get back on track for the future we want before it is too late.

 In her address in perfect English, the Mayor of Rome, Mrs. Virginia Raggi, stressed the efforts of the Italy’s capital city in facing the climate change effects. She said that Rome “is the first Italian city to have a real and solid plan of action to prevent the risk related to climate changes and  to react with effective action to face a crisis by enhancing existing ecological networks and promoting regeneration project  We have to switch every issue into an opportunity and so we have to find the new business and opportunity like in the new Green Deal economy.”

 She added to be very proud of Rome sustainable urban mobility plan drafted also with citizens’ consultations. “From next 1st November we're going to ban diesel from the Rome City Centre, an area of about 48 square kilometers. The importance of a city full of history and its relics is a very interesting challenge between the new transforming works that need to be done and the need we have to protect Rome identity in our history so it's not easy but we going to make it because as Pope Francis said this is the only home that we have and it's up to us to do whatever we can to protect our home.”

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