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The African Mayoral Climate Change Declaration

The African Mayoral Climate Change Declaration – West African pre-COP17/CMP7 Congress kicked off on 20 September 2011 in Lagos, Nigeria.

The Congress, co-hosted by Lagos State Government and ICLEI Africa, saw mayors, local council chairmen and other local government representatives from across West Africa meeting to endorse and sign the "African Mayors Climate Change Declaration 2011", adopted originally at the Local Climate Solutions for Africa 2011 Congress (LOCS 2011), which was convened in Cape Town, South Africa earlier this year. Under the overarching theme ‘Building Climate Change Resilient African Cities : Climate Proofing Africa on the Road to COP 17’, the event served as a preparatory platform for West Africa’s local authorities and their partners to prepare for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) in South Africa later this year.

With over 500 participants from across West Africa, including mayors, members of diplomatic corps, traditional rulers, senior civil servants from federal, state, and local governments, political office holders, members of the academia and the private sector, national and international experts and NGO’s, the Congress provided an excellent platform for local authorities and stakeholders across West Africa to focus on the challenges and solutions for local climate action within the African urban context.

source : The African Mayoral Climate Change Declaration

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