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Prioritizing climate emergency throughout the municipality

5 October 2021 @ 15:00 - 16:00 UTC+2

Waterways and trees from above in the city of Cork, Ireland


Date & Time:
5 October 2021 15:00 - 16:00 UTC+2



15:00 – 16:00 CEST (13:00 – 14:00 UTC)

All over the world, the number of climate emergencies is increasing. Urged by scientists and a growing sense of urgency in the public, over 2000 national, regional and local governments expressed their ambitions to take action publicly by declaring/acknowledging climate emergency, with many others following swiftly in upping their decarbonization targets or aiming for climate neutrality. More than a publicity stunt, this has been shown to have a positive effect on how measures and decisions are framed, with regards to their potential climate impact.

This also has an influence on day-to-day working practices within the city and can lead to a more harmonized approach to local policy-making under the umbrella of a climate emergency. This workshop will explore why and how cities are declaring climate emergencies. Specifically, we will look into how doing so can foster cooperation between different departments and how declaring a climate emergency could lead to more concrete and more ambitious action. At the same time, the session will consider why not all cities might choose to declare a climate emergency.

Examples will be provided from Covenant of Mayors signatory cities.


  • Risto Veivo, Climate Director, City of Turku, Finland
  • Ada Amon, Chief Advisor to the Mayor on Climate Affairs, City of Budapest, Hungary
  • Oliver Moran, Chair of Climate Action Committee and Deputy Lord Mayor, City of Cork, Ireland
  • Santiago Arroyave, Undersecretary for Environment, Medellín City Hall, Colombia
  • Giorgia Rambelli, Coordinator, ICLEI Europe; Coordinator International Dimension, Covenant of Mayors Office
  • Arthur Hinsch, Officer, ICLEI Europe and Covenant of Mayors Office
  • Silvia Assalini, Officer, ICLEI Europe and Covenant of Mayors Office

This session is co-organised between ICLEI Europe and the EU Covenant of Mayors Office.