What does Guadalajara have in common with Paris, France and the Danish island of Samsø?
All three have been recognized by the United Nations for their “transformational government action and ambition that helps strengthen the case for increased climate action.”
The cities have provided “an inspiring example for other governments, businesses, cities and communities to follow,” the organization said in announcing the winners of the 2021 UN Global Climate Action Awards, in the new “Climate Leaders” category.
The UN said the metropolitan area of Guadalajara (AMG) was chosen for its role as “an international pioneer in promoting a plan with a metropolitan perspective to guide and articulate actions to combat climate change.”
The UN lauded Guadalajara’s Metropolitan Climate Action Plan PACmetro, launched in 2020, whose three main thrusts are: 1. A carbon neutral metropolis based on integrated waste management, mass and non-motorized mobility, efficient energy use and renewable energy supply 2. An inclusive metropolis that is sustainable and resilient to climate impacts 3. A coordinated, participatory and inclusive metropolis with climate leadership.