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File #: 17-3844   
Type: Resolution
In control: City Council A Session
On agenda: 6/22/2017
Posting Language: A Resolution of the City of San Antonio in support of the Paris Climate Agreement [Roderick Sanchez, Assistant City Manager; Douglas Melnick, Chief Sustainability Officer]
Attachments: 1. Draft Resolution, 2. Resolution 2017-06-22-0031R
DEPARTMENT: Office of Sustainability


DEPARTMENT HEAD: Douglas Melnick, Chief Sustainability Officer


COUNCIL DISTRICTS IMPACTED: All


SUBJECT:

A Resolution of the City of San Antonio in support of the Paris Agreement


SUMMARY:

Mayor-Elect Nirenberg requested on June 12, 2017, to have the City of San Antonio consider a resolution in support of the Paris Agreement adopted on December 12, 2015 and the Mayor's National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA) Statement. The MNCAA statement supports the "Paris Climate Agreement" goals that address greenhouse gas emissions mitigation.


BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

In late 2015, then-President Barack Obama signed onto the Paris Climate Agreement Under the agreement, every country submitted a voluntary plan to reduce greenhouse gases and meet regularly to review their progress.

On June 1, 2017, President Donald Trump announced the United States' withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. Subsequently, the Mayor's National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA) disbursed emails to U.S. mayors asking them to sign on to the MNCAA Statement in support of Paris Climate Accord. Currently 298 mayors have signed the Statement. The MNCAA, founded in 2015 by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, former Houston Mayor Annise Parker and former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, strives to commit U.S. mayors to collaborate together to strengthen local efforts for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to support efforts for binding federal and international level policymaking.

The Paris Climate Action Agreement is a pledge within the United Nationals Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to address greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020. The content of the agreement was negotiated by representatives of 196 parties at the 21st Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC in Paris and adopted by consensus on December 12, 2015. As of June 2017, 195 UNFCC members have signed the agreement, 148 have...

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