Paris, Ile-de-France (F), 15 October 2009
After Climate Week in New York, the Governors’ Summit in Los Angeles and less than two months before the Copenhagen conference, the French region of Ile-de-France is joining the mobilisation of regions for the recognition of their and federated states’ role in the fight against climate change in Copenhagen, together with Québec (CDN), Manitoba (CDN), Catalunya (E), California (USA), and Bretagne (F), among others.
Today, Jean Paul Huchon, President of the Ile-de-France region, signed its accession to the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) programme “towards carbon neutral and climate change resilient territories”, which reinforces the capacities of regions in developing and emerging countries to formulate and implement their Integrated Territorial Climate Plan.
What the participants said:
Jean Paul Hucon: “Thanks to these agreements signed today with UNDP and the Climate Group, the Ile-de-France region asserts itself as one of the major regions which work in favour of a green energy at European and global levels. I hope that cooperation with AER and the other community networks and intergovernmental agencies engaged in the fight against climate change will continue in the following months.”
Luc Bas, Head of Government Relations Europe, The Climate Group: “The Climate Group is working internationally with government and business leaders to advance smart policies and technologies to cut global emissions and accelerate a low carbon economy. TCG welcomes Ile-de-France as its first French regional member and looks forward to close partnership with a region which is already showing a commitment to lead on climate change solutions.”
The partnership between UNDP, UNEP and regional associations started in October 2008, on the occasion of the first world regional summit on climate change (www.worldsummitofregions.org). The network is presently able to mobilise 1000 regions in the world and is promoting the UN programme.