During the event ‘Urban Life Forum: Reflections on the Future of Cities', organized by the Municipality of Belo Horizonte and the National Front of Mayors (FNP) on 17 and 18 November, the host Mayor and President of the FNP, Marcio Lacerda, announced that 29 new mayors have joined the Compact of Mayors. Heading towards the United Nations Climate Convention COP21, 36 brazilian Mayors are already committed to the global effort, demonstrating their leadership for cities more sustainable and resilient to climate change.
From left to right: (1) Mayor Fortunati of Porto Alegre and (2) Mayor Pedrosa of Betim commit to the Compact of Mayors; (3) Mayor Haddad of São Paulo and Amastha of Palmas commit to the Compact of Mayors and Mayor Lacerda receives the full compliance badge of Belo Horizonte. (© Bruno Pataro for photo 1 and 2; and Isabel Baldoni for photo 3, available on the Urban Life Forum Flickr)
During the Forum, the committments of the following cities were announced: Aparecida de Goiânia, Aparecida do Norte, Aracajú, Betim, Brasília, Campinas, Capivari, Cidades do Consórcio do Grande ABC: Diadema, Mauá, Ribeirão Pires, Rio Grande da Serra, Santo André, São Bernardo do Campo and São Caetano do Sul; Duque de Caxias, Florianópolis, Fortaleza, Jaboatão dos Guararapes, Joinville, Londrina, Manaus, Maringá, Natal, Palmas, Piracicaba, Porto Alegre, São José dos Campos, Sorocaba and Vitória.
These cities join the initial 7 Brazilian cities committed to the Compact: Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Itu, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and São Paulo.
The Compact of Mayors is a historic initiative, launched at the UN Climate Summit in September 2014 as a response from the cities to the call of the UN Secretary General for actions of all stakeholders to keep the average increase in global temperatures below the ceiling of 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century. Led by the global networks of cities C40, UCLG and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, the initiative is supported by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael Bloomberg and by UN Habitat.