The idea was born out of disappointment. That generated by the last major global climate conference, COP 26, held in Glasgow, Scotland, in November 2021. Despite the presence of 25,000 delegates from 200 countries, including many leaders such as the American Joe Biden or the Indian Narendra Modi, the mountain had, as too often, given birth to a mouse. Few or no strong commitments on the reduction of polluting emissions, nothing new on the financing front, and the tenacious feeling of having once again seen the industrialized countries, the main polluters of the planet, lecturing the nations from South.
“It is to the spectacle of a sluggish multilateralism that we have been invited”, underline in a column published on June 23 the mayors of several major capitals including Abidjan, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Tunis, New Orleans or Warsaw. . “COP 26 did not live up to expectations”, continue the signatories before calling for the holding of a “COP of cities”, which begins this July 1 in Côte d’Ivoire on the occasion of the General Assembly of the International Association of Francophone Mayors (AIMF) and must “create the conditions for a broader dialogue”. At the maneuver: the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, and the minister and governor of the district of Abidjan, Robert Beugré Mambé.
Arnaud Ngatcha, deputy mayor of the French capital in charge of international relations and the Francophonie, explains the objectives of the conference.
Capcov: How did this idea of a COP of cities ?