This Wednesday, the Argentine Network of Municipalities against the Climate Change (“RAMCC” for its spanish acronym) first opened its new office, located at Junín 191 in the City of Rosario (11th floor, offices 10 and 12). The new office was acquired and equipped with funds from the German Parliament after a meeting to which RAMCC and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung attended.
The act, carried out prior to a new National Assembly of Mayors that will be held tomorrow in the neighbouring locality of San Lorenzo, was headed, among others, by the mayor Mónica Fein, Dorte Wollrad, the Head of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, and Ricardo Bertolino, the Executive Secretary of the “RAMCC”.
After the ribbon-cutting ceremony and a tour around the new premises, Mónica Fein thanked the Mayors and the Presidents of the communities, who are a member of the organization, for the commitment and the work done- She also pointed out that: “this Network has expanded due to the vocation that we, the local governments, have to become involved in such an important topic as climate change”.
Moreover, Mónica Fein congratulated the technical teams for their work and pointed out that “this possibility represents the importance this country gives to the network and the firm decision of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung to support us”. She also said: “I wish for this office to be a space where we, the local governments, can learn, because we all have something to teach and to learn”.
For its part, Dorte Wollrad said that: “for the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung it is a very nice and exciting moment; this is really special to us because we are accompanying the network from the beginning of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung”, and further added: “we like a lot the level of municipal political intervention, because it is indeed the municipalities that are mostly affected by climate change and to which citizens put pressure, and I am amazed by this network that earned national and international recognition”.
Wollrad also pointed out that: “when the German Parliament make the call, we did not have doubts about applying for it and we were confident that the Parliament would select us”, and also, appreciated “the support of the Municipality of Rosario and the personal commitment in this matter of the Mayor Monica Fein”.
At the same time, Ricardo Bertolino asserted that “this is an important moment, it accounts for the growth that we are achieving. It is a strong support of the German Government, which finances and supports the actions and the network. Also, the presence of so many Mayors and Presidents of the communities is proof of the appropriation that the governments do of such an important matter as the climate change”.
The Argentine Network of Municipalities against the Climate Change is a means to coordinate and boost the local public policies of the towns and the cities in Argentina to fight against the climate change. Within this scope, local actions are arranged, the experiences are socialized, and the results of the programmes, which were carried out by the participating municipalities, are evaluated, all taking into account the international agreements established by the Kyoto Protocol and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The network also aims at becoming a means of technical support to the local governments, offering them a tool that allows them to reach a sustainable model of development.
Summary of the activities of 2018
The year 2018 was significant and of great expansion for the Argentine Network of Municipalities against the Climate Change, which is clearly evinced by its national and international institutional strengthen. The constant adhesion of new Municipalities was an another example of its expansion. The support of the new cooperators and the strengthening of the historical allies has permitted to organize and carry out more than 30 training activities on different topics to which thousands of persons from, among others, Universities, NGO, local and regional governments attend.
Also, during the last year, the design, the development and the implementation of ambitious and innovatives projects was celebrated. Among them, it stands out the preparation of greenhouse gases inventories with international certification and of the Placs, as well as the participation in a varied of conferences as speakers and as co-host, and also the development of collective processes with other organizations.
On the other hand, the network strengthened with a new conduction of mayors, with the improvement of technical tools for the municipal counselling and with the development and participation of international trips and meetings. Furthermore, the first National Trust for mitigation and adaptation actions to climate change and the first office of the RAMCC in the European Union were promoted; also, alliances and interactions with more than 100 institutions were achieved and the work and management team were expanded and strengthened.
Purposes of the RAMCC
The purposes of the Argentine Network of Municipalities against the Climate Change (“RAMCC”, for its spanish acronym) are:
- The encouragement of citizen involvement, and the organization of meetings with the Government, companies and institutions of the community so as to promote the coordination of actions for the implementation of a Local Plan for Climate Change Adaptation, favouring synergies that permit to reach better results in the fighting against climate change and in the mitigation of its effects;
- The preparation and distribution of material that works as reference for the adhering municipalities for the development of strategies, ordinances, etc. in which the local, social and environmental values are combined;
- The improvement of the capacities and abilities of the officers of the municipalities and the local social actors related to the climate change through training and formation of multidisciplinary teams in each municipalities involved:
- Promoting the systematization of pertinent information about activities and experiences of the technological development, communitarian mobilization and social inclusion in relation to the climate change in each local office;
- Favouring the communitarian awareness and sensitivity of the effects of global climate change, to create a greater commitment and knowledge about its role in relation to this phenomenon;
- The constant promotion of a culture of integration, development and exchange between the participating municipalities of the network and other municipalities at a national and international level.
Translator: Victoria Suárez