As we approach the COP21 UN climate talks in Paris later this year, world leaders will come together to sign a historic commitment and binding agreement for fighting climate change. By doing so leaders will hopefully demonstrate a show of responsibility and a willingness to meet obligations when it comes to helping important environmental issues trickle down from global politics into the local governance and municipal solutions.

Mayors and representatives of 26 European cities - such as London, Stockholm, Budapest and Warzaw - have already gathered this year, on March 26th, in Paris to sign an agreement committing their respective cities to joining forces in tackling climate change, both in terms of mitigation and adaptation strategies. As well, the group is committing economically by collectively using their immense purchasing power (approx. 10bn euros) to shift towards sustainable and responsible procurement.

The practical implementation of such an agreement will include collaboration and knowledge sharing in launching ambitious low-carbon projects, (re)introducing nature and biodiversity in cities, improving recycling, better waste management, moving towards a circular economy, prioritizing public transport, increasing electrical mobility, refurbishing buildings and improving energy efficiency.

With such a vast commitment for a holistic and collaborative approach among European cities, we are looking forward to learning about the projects that will emerge from this agreement and the innovative solutions that will find their way into our daily urban live here in Europe.

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