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City of Genoa marks World Environment Day with climate neutral commitment

Italian city one of three city hubs leading 5 June global day of action in Europe

Genoa, 5 June 2010 - The City of Genoa in northern Italy has marked World Environment Day (WED) by joining a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) network dedicated to organizations with the most ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets in the world.

Genoa has become the first Italian city to join the Climate Neutral Network (CN Net), a global initiative promoting regional and national action to help combat climate change by achieving climate neutrality at all levels of society.

The CN Net partnership was signed in Genoa today by the Mayor of Genoa, Marta Vincenzi, and UNEP's Deputy Director for Europe, Gaetano Leone, as part of the city's extensive WED celebrations.

Genoa is one of three city hubs leading WED 2010 activities in Europe along side Geneva (Switzerland) and Baku (Azerbaijan), and its events this week include conferences on waste management and biodiversity, and public art and fashion installations made from recycled materials.

Speaking in Genoa today, Mr Leone welcomed the city to CN Net and commended the municipal authority on its commitment to be part of the global effort to catalyze a response to climate change and on its strong support for WED.

"The City of Genoa becomes the 64th European member of the global climate neutral initiative and has the honour of being the second member from Italy, along side the Eco-Way company, making Genoa a leader in Italy in practical efforts to combat climate change," Mr Leone said.

"It's the responsibility of organizations, governments at all levels, communities and civil society to work together to identify the best strategies for the effective mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, hand-in-hand with the efforts of individuals, and that's the cooperative spirit which underpins CN Net.

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UNEP: Climate Neutral Network

World Environment Day (WED)

UNEP: International Year of Biodiversity


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