Capital Cities ensuring the Paris Agreement towards COP26, the climate integration of the Americas through local diplomacy and a socially just post-pandemic green transition.
with coverage of
Sustainable Development Director
Head of the Americas
Challenges and Results for 35 Capitals to Glasgow
Mayors for Climate
+ Cities Race to Zero
+ Cities Race to Resilience
Carbon Parks Capital Cities
+ Nature-Based Solutions
Declaration of Santiago
Reference Climate Plan
for Capital Cities
of the Americas
"Americas Race to Resilience"
María José Avendaño, Director of the Environment of the City of Guatemala
City of San Salvador
City of Panama
City of Santo Domingo
City of Belmopan
City of San José
The resilience roadmap
Your road to resilience
Reducing risk and building resilience is a journey. MCR2030's programmatic approach is built around a three-stage ‘resilience roadmap’ that guides cities on how to improve resilience over time. The resilience roadmap is flexible and iterative; cities can enter MCR2030 at any stage gaining access to a range of tools and technical advisory inputs delivered by different partners. Cities make commitments to demonstrate progress along the resilience roadmap
Indicative Climate Plan for the Capital Cities of the Americas
ECLAC and CC35 will present the Indicative Climate Plan for the Capital Cities of the Americas in Glasgow (COP26), this initiative will analyze all local plans; climate, environmental, energy, resilience or sectoral to agree on a basis of coordinated goals in the Declaration of Santiago to serve as a beacon for thousands of cities in the continent. 5 cities (Guatemala, San Salvador, Santo Domingo, Port-au-Prince and Belmopan) were chosen in 2021 to receive technical assistance for the creation of their local climate plans and work to ensure the future of more than 55 million people in the capitals.
Green Capital of the Americas 2021
The Green Capital of the Americas Award is an award instituted and managed by the CC35 inspired by the European Green Capital to recognize one of the 35 capitals of the hemisphere that can demonstrate specific and decisive leadership on sustainability and commitment of their city. This model should be an example for other cities and have as one of the goals carbon neutrality by 2050 or earlier.
A committee of organizations analyzes the performance of capital cities in the following areas necessary to meet the goal of zero net emissions; Mobility, Energy, Construction, Industry, Waste and Green Areas. Santiago de Chile was chosen in 2020 for leading the transformation to zero-emission mobility by being the city with the most electric buses in operation in the hemisphere after China. On August 17, Guatemala City was elected the 2021 Green Capital of the Americas.
On September 5th is commemorated the National Day of the Quetzal, patriotic symbol as established in Decree 33 of November 18, 1871, where it was declared as National Bird of Guatemala. The quetzal is recognized by its long plumage. The tail feathers of the male can measure up to 90 centimeters while the female lacks them and the crest. Nowadays the Quetzal is much more than the National Bird, it is part of the national currency, which bears its name; it also stands out in the National Coat of Arms of Guatemala. It also stands out in the National Coat of Arms of Guatemala. "Ave indiana que vive en tu escudo... y ojalá que remonte su vuelo...", stanzas of the National Anthem of which the bird is also part, therefore it is a very representative symbol for Guatemala, a species that is also in danger of extinction. In the past, this species was considered divine by the Mayas. The Aztecs believed that this bird was the "God of Air" and saw it as a symbol of goodness and light. Its long tail full of green feathers was symbolically revered in spring for the growth of flora. The Quetzal, its chest and belly is red, the story goes that when the Conqueror Don Pedro de Alvarado was fighting with the Quiché king "Tecún Umán" mortally wounded the latter in the abdomen, the bird came down and landed on the wound, marking its chest with an intense crimson red color. One of the highest decorations awarded by the Government of Guatemala is the "Order of the Quetzal", established in 1936 by the then President of the Republic, Jorge Ubico. This order establishes six degrees: Grand Collar, Grand Cross, Grand Officer, Commander, Officer and Knight; and is offered as recognition to the artistic, civic, humanitarian, cultural, educational, scientific and political work that deserves the highest official recognition of the Government of Guatemala.
Copyright 2021. The Forum of Local Environmental Authorities and the Green Capital of the Americas Award are initiatives of the Secretariat of Capital Cities of the Americas.les de las Americas frente al Cambio Climático (CC35). MCR2030 es una iniciativa de UNDRR. Todos los derechos reservados.