New York City, USA- Catbalogan mayor Stephany Uy Tan represented the Southeast Asian region in the UN General Assembly High-Level Week which convened leaders from local governments, the private sector, and civil society to discuss scaling up worldwide efforts to achieve goals set by the Paris agreement.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, together with global leaders, identified priority sectors to actively engage in promoting low-carbon pathways. These sectors include technology, clean energy, realistic price on carbon, insurance against climate-related risks, and disaster risk reduction and management.
Mayor Uy Tan shared that Catbalogan has consistently battled with climate change and now, the city is exposed to hurricanes that are getting stronger and more frequent each year. In spite of these, Catbalogan, an active ICLEI member, has started its journey towards being a low-carbon society with pioneering initiatives like the Sky City Project. She highlighted that these efforts are also beneficial to city-to-city networks including ICLEI and the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. Mayor Uy Tan is a member of this covenant.
“The success of local and global climate actions are intertwined and interlinked. Global frameworks are needed to make sure we are on the right path, and local actions are needed to turn policy documents into reality and serve to citizens,” she noted.
Underscoring the importance of vertical integration of climate action in scaling up commitments under the Paris Agreement, the mayor acknowledged the significance of the Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders which will be led by the Mayor of Bonn, Germany, Ashok Sridharan on November 12.
This high-level meeting is part of a series of discussions assembled by the Secretary-General with the goal to form alliances between local governments, the private sector, and civil society in implementing and monitoring the Paris Agreement.
Along with mayor Uy Tan and mayor Sridharan, ICLEI is also represented by the mayor of Mexico City and ICLEI Vice President, Miguel Mancera and Mayor of Des Moines, Iowa, USA, and member of ICLEI Global Executive Committee Frank Cownie.
ICLEI also co-organized the Low Emissions Solutions Conference that took place on September 20-21 together with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
For more information, click on this article by the UN Sustainable Development Goals blog.