We are calling on city representatives, public sector bodies, the private sector, NGOs and educational institutes to pledge support to 10 guiding principles and deliver an urgent message to central governments.
SmartCitiesWorld has published an open letter to gain support for what we believe are 10 principles that need to be embedded in any agreement following the COP26 Climate Change Conference 2021, taking place in Glasgow in November.
We are urging city representatives, public sector bodies, the private sector, NGOs and educational institutes to pledge support for the principles by signing the open letter and help us to deliver the message to central governments attending COP26.
The principles focusing on areas like systems-level thinking, resilience, diversity, wellbeing, green spaces, infrastructure, digital technology and active travel have been devised with the support of our international advisory board.
“Our cities are on the frontline now when it comes to the climate action governments pledge, but it’s cities that will deliver”
“The 10 principles that we and our advisory board members have outlined in the letter can be the foundation upon which smarter, greener cities are built for future generations,” said Chris Cooke, founder and CEO of SmartCitiesWorld.
“I’m grateful to the more than 260 cities and organisations that have already pledged their support and would encourage cities and organisations to join the signatories and give their backing of the principles.
“Our cities are on the frontline now when it comes to the climate action governments pledge, but it’s cities that will deliver.”
Paul Wilson, chair of the SmartCitiesWorld advisory board and chief business officer at Connected Places Catapult, hopes the open letter prompts national leaders and policy-makers to see “the pragmatism of empowering city leaders”. “So they can proactively design the day-to-day flow of their cities, their built infrastructure and green spaces, and the mix of their local economies.
“This is the best way to mitigate and prepare for the worst effects of climate change over the coming decades.”
The need to shift the focus from climate change to climate action has never been so important. The goal of the open letter is to make governments aware of the key aspects that our readers and members believe are critical in building a sustainable future for our cities. Behind this is a simple, yet pressing, maxim: “Nations Pledge, Cities Deliver”.
Each principle is both interconnected and interdependent, demonstrating the lengths that city authorities, backed by national governments, must go to in order to support the holistic and imperative climate action needed to prevent global disaster.
To find out more, go to COP26: 10 guiding principles to be reflected in the final agreement and to pledge support go to COP26 10 principles.