Quezon City urges PH government to support IPCC report on Cities and Climate Change

Among a number of cities around the world, Quezon City, Philippines, has officially requested its national government to vote in favor of the proposal for an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Cities and Climate Change when the IPCC holds its Forty-third Session (IPCC-43) in Nairobi, Kenya, on April 11-13.

The request was conveyed to Secretary Emmanuel de Guzman, Vice Chairperson of the Philippine Climate Change Commission (CCC), in a letter dated March 31.

“Cities are integral to fighting climate change – they are responsible for 75% of global carbon emissions and research shows that urban policy decisions made by 2020 could determine up to a third of the remaining global carbon budget that is not already ‘locked in’ by past decisions,” Mayor Bautista wrote.

“Such a comprehensive, global, and authoritative resource on cities and climate change represents a significant opportunity to simultaneously advance scientific knowledge, policy, and action at local, national, and global levels.”

ICLEI has previously declared its support for the proposal, submitted by the South African government as among 28 proposals to be considered at IPCC-43, and urged its Members to appeal their national governments to vote for its approval. Besides Quezon City, other ICLEI Members that have made similar requests include Seoul, Paris, Vancouver, and Los Angeles.

This effort is in keeping with ICLEI’s avowed role with respect to recent international agreements, which is to “compliment and advance information on contributions of local and subnational governments to accelerate Paris Agreement, Sustainable Development Goals and global efforts on sustainability.”

Following the recognition of cities and other non-party stakeholders by the Paris Agreement, ICLEI noted, the report would be a major breakthrough in terms of knowledge and leadership, and would consolidate the role of cities as permanent key players in the climate agenda.

“Such a special IPCC Report would mobilize huge potential to strengthen and advance the existing scientific information and knowledge on cities and climate change,” said Mr. Gino Van Begin, ICLEI Secretary General. “It would also demonstrate strong support for engaging all levels of government in the implementation of the Paris Agreement, as well as advancing with the Sustainable Development Goal 11 on sustainable cities and human settlements and contribute to the preparations of the Habitat III conference in Quito this October.”

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