FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Contact: Governor’s Press Office
Governor Brown Welcomes Sweden to Under2 Climate Coalition
SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today welcomed Sweden to the Under2 Coalition – the global pact among cities, states and countries to limit the increase in global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius, the level of potentially catastrophic consequences.
“As rising oceans inundate coastlines across our planet, Sweden joins hundreds of leaders from around the world who are forthrightly attacking the increasing threat of climate change,” said Governor Brown.
The agreement was signed during a meeting today between Governor Brown and Isabella Lövin, Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister. A number of representatives from California and Sweden joined the meeting, including Ambassador of Sweden to the United States Björn Lyrvall.
“There has never been a greater need for international cooperation on climate. Sweden and California will push for higher global ambition on climate change and will work individually and together to draw more international attention to the actions and ambitious reduction goals that are needed,” said Minister Lövin.
At today’s meeting, Governor Brown and Minister Lövin also signed a letter of cooperation to support Under2 Coalition members in sharing best practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote renewable energy development.
With the addition of Sweden’s endorsement, the Under2 Coalition now includes 168 jurisdictions on six continents that collectively represent more than 1.1 billion people and $26.4 trillion GDP – equivalent to 15 percent of the global population and 36 percent of the global economy. Sweden is the 11th country to endorse the Under2 Coalition.
Image: Governor Brown and Minister Lövin
The Under2 Coalition, the collective of governments who have signed or endorsed the Under2 MOU, was formed in 2015 by the states of California and Baden-Württemberg, Germany to mobilize and galvanize bold climate action from like-minded city, state and regional governments around the globe. Coalition members pledge to limit greenhouse gas emissions to 2 tons per capita or 80-95 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.