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Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez participates in first U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit in Los Angeles

MIAMI (September 17, 2015)

Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez was one of the U.S. mayors and governors joining Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and a delegation of Chinese subnational leaders making new climate commitments and agreements at the U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit, in Los Angeles on September 15-16, 2015. The Summit was the first official convening of U.S. and Chinese subnational leaders on climate change under the Climate Change Working Group and represents a key opportunity to stimulate climate action before December’s United Nations Climate Conference in Paris. Mayor Gimenez was the only County Mayor invited to participate.

"My administration continues to be committed to preparing Miami-Dade County for the effects of climate change and sea level rise,” said Mayor Gimenez. “Our County is considered "ground zero” for sea level rise. For several years, our government has funded projects which will modernize our infrastructure and make the best investments for our future."

During the Summit, leading cities from both countries shared best practices and discussed objectives in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight global climate change. Outcomes from the Summit will be discussed at the State visit between U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Washington, DC next week.

The Summit results from the historic joint climate announcement by Presidents Obama and Xi last November in which the U.S. committed to reduce its emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, and China committed to peak CO2 emissions around 2030. That announcement also launched a U.S.-China Climate-Smart/Low-Carbon Cities Initiative to respond to growing urbanization and increasingly significant greenhouse gas emissions from cities.

The Summit in Los Angeles marks the first effort of that initiative and brought together local leaders from both countries for a high-level plenary at which leaders declared their resolve, ambition, and actions; working-level technical exchanges to share experience and best practices; and an exhibition to engage the private sector.