UCLG World Council in Paris, with a strong environmental emphasis

The United Cities and Local Governments World Council was held in Paris from 3 to 6 December. This meeting coincided in both time and place with the World Climate Summit COP21, the reason why the UCLG World Council focussed on environmental issues.

At the UCLG statutory meetings, motions were approved on local democracy and global governance, with a view to Habitat III, the role of local and regional governments in humanitarian crises and the local dimension to Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, a session entitled ‘From COP21 to Habitat III’ was held, focussing on the role of local governments in the context of global environmental and developmental challenges. The UCLG also ran a seminar on women’s leadership in development, which was attended by numerous female mayors and representatives of international organisations to discuss the importance of incorporating women into decision-making process at all levels of governments (local, national and global).

Finally, mention should be made of the Climate Summit for Local Leaders held on 4 December and organised by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York and current UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, led a meeting that brought together numerous mayors, representatives of the main local government networks for the environment and notable international personalities such as Ban Ki-Moon, Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio.