Cities Applaud U.S. and China for Action on Climate Change

WASHINGTON — Following the White House’s announcement that both the United States and China have formally joined the Paris Agreement, National League of Cities (NLC) CEO & Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony released the following statement:

“Today, the United States joined the Paris Agreement, the first international, legally binding deal on global climate change. Local leaders and the National League of Cities commend the U.S., China and the international community’s efforts to stem climate change and the devastating effects it has on our cities.

“Last December, I was honored to join mayors and local leaders from 11 cities and one county as part of a delegation to the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNCCC) in Paris. We applaud this bold action from the administration and also the efforts of the numerous local leaders who signed supporting pacts, joined us in Paris or helped in any way to make this unprecedented international agreement a reality. 

“Local leaders are on the front lines of the fight against climate change, and we will continue to advocate for ambitious policies that address this global crisis, promote further action at the local level and support our cities.”

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