Bucharest’s Mayor Sorin Oprescu has attended the Meeting of European Capitals and Big Cities’ Mayors, in Paris, along with the representatives of 30 cities, an event which has ended with the unanimous adoption of the Paris Declaration on Climate Action.
In Thursday’s meeting, hosted by Paris’ Mayor Anne Hidalgo and that of Rome, Ignazio Marino, also participating were France’s President Francois Hollande, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development, Laurent Fabius, as well as EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Canete, reads a press release issued on Friday by Bucharest City Hall for Agerpres.
In his speech, Sorin Oprescu referred to the need to develop some integrated and sustainable urban development strategies, with master plans devised in strict compatibility with the particular features of each urban structure.
“Today, we are here because no one has managed yet to identify that universally valid solution to provide an increase in the quality of our citizens’ life, simultaneously with the elimination of environmental costs. We endeavor to promote alternative transport solutions, to increase energy efficiency, identify concrete ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and Bucharest is no exception. Perhaps the time has come to assess objectively the costs and benefits. Climate changes are a fundamental problem for all of us, but the valid solution in a city with one million inhabitants is certainly not valid for a city with 10 or 100 million inhabitants,” Bucharest’s mayor was quoted as saying by the release.
The Paris meeting of European capitals and big cities’ mayors was aimed at creating a closer dialogue between cities, through frequent exchanges of studies and best practices, but also the signing of the Joint Declaration in the preparation of the UN Climate Change Conference, which will take place also in Paris, November 30 to December 11, 2015.
Photo credit: Henri Garat ( www.paris.fr)