ECCI and CxC attend Washington Summit

07 June 2016

The Climate Action 2016 multi­stakeholder summit took place from 5th to ­6th of May in Washington D.C. The summit brought together over 700 leaders from government, business, finance, civil society, philanthropy, international institutions, as well as scientific and academic communities, to inject further momentum and coherence into the evolving multi­stakeholder climate action process in advance of COP22 in Marrakesh.

Climate Action 2016 was co-hosted by Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations; Jim Yong Kim,President of the World Bank Group; Michael Bloomberg, UN Secretary­General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change; Founding Partner, Compact of Mayors; Naoko Ishii,CEO, Global Environment Facility; Judith Rodin,President, The Rockefeller Foundation; Peter Bakker, CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development; Nigel Topping, CEO, We Mean Business; Wallace Loh, President, University of Maryland. Climate Action was supported by 10 partners: European Investment Bank, Inter American Development Bank, Sustainable Energy for All,United Nations Foundation, World Resources Institute, The Smithsonian Institution, International Bar Association, The Global Brain, Iberdrola, The Stanley Foundation.

Climate Action 2016 demonstrated that every level of government must be engaged to ensure the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Local actors must be present on the international stage because mayors are already taking climate action. It is clear that global leaders cannot have a national initiative, or succeed in achieving their national targets, without involving local leaders.

“The things that we can do as mayors, national governments cannot do... There is no country too small to matter, there is no city too small to have an influence and there is no city too poor not to be able to afford a climate change agenda.” –Mayor Shpend Ahmeti, Pristina, Kosovo

The #ClimateAction discussion online and on Twitter during the meeting had a reach of more than 47 million individuals, and nearly 240 million impressions over the course of the two days.

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