MONTRÉAL, June 1, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal and president of Metropolis, the 140-member world association of major cities, had this to say about the withdrawal of the United States of America from the Paris accord:
"The Paris Agreement is a diplomatic success story that expresses the international community's unprecedented will to put the world on a path to more sustainable development.
Cities played a persuasive role in the success of the Paris Conference, by affirming the determination of municipal leaders and regional authorities to act together to combat climate change.
The declared intention of the President of the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement is causing consternation in the world's major cities.
However, in spite of this setback, cities will not just stand down; they intend to fully shoulder their responsibilities.
Mayors from around the world will be meeting in Montreal from June 19 to 23 at the Metropolis World Congress. Under its theme of Global Challenges: Major Cities in Action, climate change will be at the heart of our deliberations, in collaboration with other networks of cities such as the C40 Climate Leadership Group and ICLEI.
Cities will remain at the forefront of the fight against climate change and will continue to provide constant leadership to maintain the momentum created by the Paris Agreement."
SOURCE Ville de Montréal - Cabinet du maire et du comité exécutif
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