On September 22, 2009, COPE Councillor David Cadman will be addressing heads of state at the United Nations via video. He will be speaking as the International President of ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability.
Since 1990, ICLEI has been a network, an agency and a movement of over 1100 cities from every continent. It is also a focal point for local governments and municipal authorities around the world to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Together with partners United Cities and Local Governments, Metropolis, the C40 Cities, the World Mayors Council on Climate Change plus 14 regional grouping of cities ICLEI is calling for a 30% reduction in green house gases by 2020 and an 80% reduction by 2050.
According to Councillor Cadman, “The world’s citizens through their cities and local government, representing more than half of the world’s population and growing, are calling for a strong, comprehensive global climate change regime to be established in Copenhagen in December. I will be urging UN representatives to make these the targets for COP 15.”
The video will be the first of a series available on COPE’s website (www.cope.bc.ca) exploring local and international environmental initiatives.
Councillor Cadman continues, “local governments will be key to reducing green house gas emissions from buildings, waste, transportation and the way we plan. The connection between the local and the international is a crucial one.”