Mayors from around Africa attended the African Cities and Territories Pre COP22 Forum to focus on unavoidable stakeholders for the implementation of the international agenda on climate change in Cotonou, Benin, from 8 to 10 September 2016.

It was acknowledged that cities and regions play a major role in energy demand and consumption, urban planning, transport and agriculture, but they also influence decision and policy making making. This milestone meeting in Cotonou leads up to the twenty-second Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to be hosted in Marrakesh, Morocco, from 7 to 18 November 2016.

The Cotonou Declaration recognises the importance of the Paris Agreement and encourage all African States to ratify it and commit to implementing steps to reduce global warming.  It builds on various international commitments made by local governments including the Durban Adaptation Charter, the Yamoussoukro Declaration, the Declaration of the Paris Local Leaders Summit and others programmes such as the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.

Read the Press Release

Read the Declaration of Cotonou