On the 11th of November, the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 23) was held in Bonn, Germany where a number of new initiatives to push for further, faster climate action were announced. These announcements were made in implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
France, the Netherlands, Portugal, Costa Rica and the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC) launched the Transport Decarbonisation Alliance (a new partnership) to help stimulate greater political leadership in the Transportation sector. Additionally, six new voluntary sector initiatives were also introduced in Bonn to address specific aspects of transport and climate change including:
• EcoMobility Alliance
• Walk 21
• Global Strategy for Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles
• Transforming Urban Mobility Initiative
At a press conference at COP 23, William Peduto, the Mayor of Pittsburgh- United States, announced that 367 American mayors have agreed to be “part of the Paris Agreement no matter what our Federal Government did”.
Moreover, efforts from ICLEI and the global NDC Partnership were announced as new initiatives as well. These new initiatives will work on designing, implementing and aligning climate action strategies across all levels of governments.