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Municipal leaders from 60 cities in 20 countries met at the United Nations in January to launch the Cities for Climate Protection Campaign. Hosted by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) and the U.N. Environment Program, the Municipal Leader's Summit on Climate Change follows a 14-city research project on urban energy use, which forms the basis of the campaign strategy. Emerging from the summit will be a declaration in the form of a generic guide for action that can be adapted to local needs by national and regional municipal associations. Signatories, consisting of any municipal government that wishes to join the campaign, will pledge to develop within two years a local action plan for greenhouse gas reduction.

Specific goals of the campaign are to: strengthen local commitment to policies for reducing emissions; assist municipalities by providing analytical tools for developing appropriate policies, encouraging innovative model projects for reducing energy use, and through other methods; provide a collective voice for participants so that municipal-level actions are included in national action plans and international agreements. Participation by cities in the campaign will take the following forms:

Green Fleets: Reduce CO2 emissions associated with municipal vehicle fleets and employee travel by 20 percent over a 10-year period.

Green Buildings: Reduce CO2 emissions from municipal buildings by 20 percent over a 10-year period.

Energy Collaboratives: Encourage regional groups of cities to follow the process of the 14-city research project (city staff and council members and ICLEI staff studied energy use patterns to identify potential savings).

Energy Partners: Municipalities in developed countries will provide assistance to local authorities in developing countries and the emerging economies. The work will be supported by savings in energy costs achieved by conservation measures.

For information on participation, contact ICLEI at the address listed in Reports, this issue.

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