Raise awareness on their support to the Long Term Cooperative Action
New York (USA), 21 September 2009
The delegation itself is a testament to the great diversity of all stakeholders involved in the fight against climate change, as it brings together leaders from the business world as well as from the political world, coming from as geographically distant places as Québec and France. As local governments are responsible for implementing the great majority of mitigation and adaptation measures needed to reduce the level of greenhouse gas emissions, it was indeed crucial to raise awareness about the work that they are doing to support an agreement in Copenhagen. The goal was also to ensure that local governments will not be left out in the Long Term Cooperative Action which will be adopted this December.
AER president Sabban, who is also vice-president of the French region of Ile-de-France, presented the different policies carried out by her region to promote the emergence of new electric cars, thus illustrating the role regions can play in the advent of a green and dynamic economy.
Following this meeting day, AER does not intend to loosen the pressure on negotiators and efforts in the struggle against climate change. It will carry on several activities linked with climate change until – and beyond – the Copenhagen summit.
What they said:
Michèle Sabban: “In order to tackle the issue of climate change, I am honoured to represent the 270 member regions of AER here at the United Nations. Our regions did not wait for the states to represent negotiations during the Copenhagen Conference. Regions have been fighting the effects of climate change for a long time already. By promoting innovation, developing and spreading low-carbon public policies, regions are doing everything in their power to secure the success of the future agreement in Copenhagen. AER is open to every regional decision maker looking for solutions to the problem of climate change. Indeed, it is about time that political and economic powers join their efforts with the public to implement truly worldwide and fair solutions. Copenhagen is our last chance to take up that important challenge, we cannot afford a setback. I want to thank the Climate Group, the UN and the City of New York who, thanks to this initiative of a “Climate Week”, allowed us to make the regions’ voice heard at the highest level.”