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Vice President Biden calls on more U.S. cities to commit to the Compact of Mayors

While speaking at the National League of Cities Congress, Vice President Biden announced that 83 U.S. cities have committed to the Compact of Mayors – leaving just 17 cities to go to fulfill the White House challenge for 100 U.S. cities to commit to the Compact before the start of the COP21.

With less than 25 days until COP21, U.S. cities are well on their way to strengthening the national commitment to act on climate change. Momentum is gaining; when President Obama issued the challenge in late August, only 34 U.S. cities had joined the Compact of Mayors and as of last month only 46 American cities had committed.

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At the event, Vice President Biden recognized the mayors in attendance who have signed the Compact – representing a wide range of cities from Boulder to Minneapolis to Memphis.

For more about the Compact of Mayors, click here.

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) is a network of large and engaged cities from around the world committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally that will help address climate change globally. Recognizing that cities consume over two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions, our organization’s global field staff works with city governments, supported by our technical experts across a range of program areas to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency in large cities across the world. The current chair of the C40 is Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, and 108th Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg is President of the Board. The Steering Committee includes: Berlin, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul and Tokyo.

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