Why are representatives from tens of thousands of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) willing to wait in the freezing cold and snow just to get into meetings at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen? The answer can be summed up in two words — leadership and solutions. The UN may be an organization of nation states, but
Several of us had the opportunity last night to be in the audience for a presentation by Dr. R. K. Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The lecture was held in the impressive setting of a 200 year-old hall at the University of Copenhagen, and the room was packed to see one of the
(The following is a guest blog from Councilor Henrietta Davis. Councilor Davis is from Cambridge, MA and has served on the NLC Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee.) This afternoon included a briefing session with the U.S. State Department advocating for partnerships between the federal government and cities and towns on climate. We are the
Just returned from a gathering of municipal leaders in honor of the COP-15 host, Lord Mayor Ritt Bjerregaard of Copenhagen. While there our team connected with several other local government leaders, including Mayor Bloomberg of New York, Mayor Nickels of Seattle, and Mayor Elizabeth Kautz of Burnsville, MN — the incoming president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which hosted
It’s all about who you meet and what you might accomplish afterward. In the space of one day, including a few hours standing in sub-freezing temperatures outside of the Bella Center, our NLC group made the best use of our time and circumstance. Guillermo Tapia of the Latin American municipal association (FLACMA), and our friend from membership in
Day one in Denmark proved to be a success, as the delegation had no problem fighting through the six-hour time difference from the Eastern time zone and little sleep on the planes. NLC was on the ground and right at work on Sunday. Following different arrival times, the group met up at an afternoon briefing in downtown Copenhagen, organized
NLC’s delegation is about to start its trek to Copenhagen, Denmark, for the United Nations COP-15 climate change meetings. On the way are two elected officials — Councilor Henrietta Davis from Cambridge, MA, and Councilmember Matt Zone from Cleveland, OH — and three staff from NLC’s Center for Research and Innovation — Ken Rosenfeld and Tammy Zborel from the sustainability
Welcome to the National League of Cities new blog: CitiesSpeak. We are excited by this opportunity to connect directly to people interested in what is going on in cities. The next week or so will see this space filled with posts from Copenhagen, where NLC has a delegation attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference.