Gathered in the Buenos Aires Ministry of Education, in Barrio 31, the mayors worked on the next steps of the Alianza agenda, and presented the document “Cities in the face of Climate Change: how to make a climate action plan at the local level?”. In addition, they received a request from the young people who participated in the Local Youth Conference (LCOY), held this year in Rosario. LCOY is the youth conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP).
The mayors will also prepare a document that they will present at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 26), to be held in November in Glasgow, Scotland. The document will present emblematic cases of the participating cities, a common vision for a federal climate change agenda and the main challenges to carry it forward. What’s more, propose innovative initiatives to address the mitigation agenda, with a focus on energy, waste and transportation.
“The commitment of the cities is key to accompany the expectation of many national leaders of increase the ambition of global emission reduction targets. The effects of climate change are a global challenge and we can do a lot from cities. That is why I celebrate this new meeting of Argentine cities and the progress in the work we do together ”, said Rodriguez Larreta,
In addition, in his role as Vice President for Latin America of C40, the Head of Government invited all the mayors of the Alliance to participate in the C40 Mayors Summit, the most relevant global event for cities in terms of climate change. The meeting will be held in October 2022 in the city of Buenos Aires, and will bring together more than 50 mayors from around the world and 300 international delegates to discuss city commitments for global climate action.
The Alliance of Cities for Climate is a network of 15 cities across the country governed by different political spaces that promotes the exchange of local policies for mitigation and adaptation to climate change and sustainable development. Cities include large provincial capitals and cities, They add up to almost 10 million inhabitants and represent 22% of emissions nationwide.
Each Alliance meeting is held in a different city to make local policies visible successful in the fight against climate change. Along these lines, the Climate Action Plan of the city of Buenos Aires has climate equity as a fundamental pillar and prioritizes actions aimed at the most vulnerable sectors. Thus, The mayors made a management visit to learn about the social, economic and urban integration plan of Barrio 31. They visited the facilities of the new Ministry of Education and its green terraces, the María Elena Walsh School -the largest in the City-, the new sustainable homes, and the sustainable mobility plan in the neighborhood that includes the creation of new stops and public transport routes, the incorporation of bicycle lanes and an Ecobici station.
Emilio Lanari (vice-mayor of Corrientes), Damián Biss (Rawson), Daniel Gesteira (Villa Carlos Paz), Inés Brizuela y Doria (La Rioja), Guillermo Montenegro (General Pueyrredón), Ulpiano Suárez (Mendoza), Sebastián Bragagnolo (Luján de Cuyo), Raúl Jorge (San Salvador de Jujuy) and Emilio Lanari (vice-mayor of Corrientes) and, virtually, Héctor Gay (Bahía Blanca).
The Cities for Climate Alliance is an initiative promoted by Rodriguez Larreta in his role as vice president for Latin America of the C40 city network. The cities of Buenos Aires, Bahía Blanca, Córdoba, Currents, La Rioja, Luján de Cuyo, Mar del Plata, Mendoza, Rawson, Resistencia, Rosario, Santa Fe, San Miguel de Tucumán, San Salvador de Jujuy and Villa Carlos Paz.