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Cities, Regions committed cutting 1.5 bn tons in CO2 emissions at World Summit Climate & Territories

Jul 7, 2015 11:01 IST

Cities and regions in the first week of July 2015 committed to cut 1.5 billion tons in CO2 emissions at the World Summit Climate & Territories held in Lyon, France.

A declaration statement in this regard was signed by 50 organizations of local and regional authorities as well as civil society groups including 20 sub national governments.

These 20 sub national governments include regions in South America (Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo), North America (California, New York, Ontario), Europe (Basque Country, Catalonia, Scotland) and Australia representing more than 220 million people and 8.3 trillion US dollars in gross domestic product.

The commitments to cut CO2 emissions by regional and local actors were part of the Compact of States and Regions announced in Lyon, France in 2014.

All such pledges will now be fed into a centralized platform overseen by the United Nations for the purpose of collecting these actions by entities outside of central governments, the Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action.

About World Summit Climate & Territories

The summit was a premier gathering of non-state actors- local authorities, business groups and civil society — ahead of the major climate negotiations slated to take place from 30 November to 11 December 2015 in Paris.

Around 800 representatives of local authorities and NGOs from more than 80 countries participated in the summit.

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