Submission Documents: By Bailie Norman MacLeod:- "This Council is delighted that Glasgow had the pleasure and privilege of being the host City for COP26. Council recognises the hard work put in to making welcome so many visitors from all over the World which did great credit to all involved. Council expresses its thanks and appreciation to Alok Sharma MP, UK President of COP26; to the Scottish Government and to Nicola Sturgeon, MSP, First Minister; to Lord Provost Philip Braat; to the Leader of the Council, Councillor Susan Aitken; to the many other elected representatives who organised and attended events; to the business, academic, third sector and wider community for their valuable support; to all of the council departments and council officers who worked diligently to prepare for and ensure that the conference proceeded well; and to the emergency services, especially Police Scotland. Council further expresses that most heartfelt thanks especially are due to the volunteers in particular who - together with many community groups and individual citizens of Glasgow - made our visitors both delegates and activists so welcome. Council notes with pleasure that it is clear from the kind remarks, social media posts, emails and letters of thanks, that once again "People really did Make Glasgow! " Council recognises that significant work done on the Road to COP26 whereby Glasgow worked in partnership with peer and partner cities - bilaterally from Paris to Pittsburgh and from LA to London; through participation in networks such as C40, Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, ICLEI, Urban Transitions Alliance, Eurocities, Core Cities etc., work with the World Economic Forum and Cities Climate Investment Commission etc, and that its role as Co-chair of UK100, created a global hotel de ville in our City Chambers and Host City Zone and amplified the urban voice during COP26. Council further recognises that the Glasgow Climate Pact whilst imperfect and has ensured that the goal of keeping temperature rises below 1.5C remains alive and Glasgow has delivered strong messages of hope, promises and ambition; and, for the first time ever explicitly recognises the important role of local and regional government, and, that the 7th Glasgow Pillar of the UCLG LGMA Roadmap Towards COP26 - Climate Justice and Social Equity - was embraced in Clause 52 where it is stated "the need to ensure just transitions that promote sustainable development and eradication of poverty". Council notes with pleasure that many visitors were impressed to learn of the leadership and initiatives already undertaken by this Council in relation to the Climate Emergency, including for example:- first Scottish City to declare a Climate and Ecological emergency in May 2019; Glasgow's Climate Plan which sets a target to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030; our Circular Economy Road Map; introducing Scotland's first ever LEZ at the end of 2018, with the aim to implement Phase 2 in 2023; Car Free Zones outside 37 primary schools and 20 more planned for 2022; SEPA finding (October 2020) that air quality in Glasgow continues to improve, with the vast majority of the city meeting all air quality targets; reducing carbon dioxide emission by 41% since 2006, surpassing the 30% target set for 2020; Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre delivering savings of 90,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year; extracting recyclable material from waste; and generating enough energy to power 22,000 homes in the city; Glasgow Resource and Recycling Strategy - a new strategy to manage waste and recycling over the next 10 years; Clean Glasgow Programme - which includes a Litter Prevention Action Plan for the city enabling businesses, housing associations, communities, residents all to play their part; Spaces for People - making temporary and then permanent travel infrastructure changes across our city; The Avenues - an Excellence in Sustainable Infrastructure award winning programme that is dramatically changing Glasgow city centre for the better; Glasgow's Smart Canal - a pioneering digital surface water drainage system which works to mitigate flood risk and unlock development potential in the north of the city; and Glasgow's Children and Young People's Climate Charter and Education Services 'Our Dear Green Place' and the many other initiatives to tackle climate change. Equally our future plans for further measures also were praised, for example our plans to:- take forward the recommendations of our Citizens Climate Assembly; the Glasgow Green Deal and Call for Ideas, a 9-year mission which fundamentally will reshape the city's economy; a 'Greenprint for Investment' prospectus of transformative climate investment projects to boost our 2030 Net-Zero goal, spanning 30bn of nvestments and place-based development opportunities for international investment; continuing participation in C40s Thriving Cities and many other cooperative programmes; work with the Global South, indigenous peoples and others to ensure their voices are heard, reparations are made and a just transition achieved; and CREATE4GLASGOW, Glasgow Life's new participatory art project aiming to give a voice to young people and raise awareness of our shared environmental priorities. Council records its appreciation of the opportunity which COP26 afforded Glasgow to participate in the world's "last best chance". Council believes that whilst in the Glasgow Pact key issues were watered down in the final hours, there can be no doubt that the Glasgow summit made significant progress on important points: securing agreement on deforestation, methane, transport, energy and finance will contribute to accelerated climate action. Council however calls for stronger ambition and greater urgency on climate action. Council requests that the Leader of the Council writes to United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, formally to confirm what a great pleasure and privilege it was and is for Glasgow to act as Host City for COP26; that it remains committed to the Paris Agreement; that whilst countries may make agreements it is cities which will deliver; that Glasgow commits to being a frontrunner city in the Race to Net Carbon Zero; and that he and all associated with the UN COP and its other bodies are most welcome to return to our City to help continue to build upon the global leadership the ambition, innovation, commitment and ability to deliver shown by our City, its civic society and people." Help Icon

This is the list of documents available for the submission By Bailie Norman MacLeod:- "This Council is delighted that Glasgow had the pleasure and privilege of being the host City for COP26. Council recognises the hard work put in to making welcome so many visitors from all over the World which did great credit to all involved. Council expresses its thanks and appreciation to Alok Sharma MP, UK President of COP26; to the Scottish Government and to Nicola Sturgeon, MSP, First Minister; to Lord Provost Philip Braat; to the Leader of the Council, Councillor Susan Aitken; to the many other elected representatives who organised and attended events; to the business, academic, third sector and wider community for their valuable support; to all of the council departments and council officers who worked diligently to prepare for and ensure that the conference proceeded well; and to the emergency services, especially Police Scotland. Council further expresses that most heartfelt thanks especially are due to the volunteers in particular who - together with many community groups and individual citizens of Glasgow - made our visitors both delegates and activists so welcome. Council notes with pleasure that it is clear from the kind remarks, social media posts, emails and letters of thanks, that once again "People really did Make Glasgow! " Council recognises that significant work done on the Road to COP26 whereby Glasgow worked in partnership with peer and partner cities - bilaterally from Paris to Pittsburgh and from LA to London; through participation in networks such as C40, Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, ICLEI, Urban Transitions Alliance, Eurocities, Core Cities etc., work with the World Economic Forum and Cities Climate Investment Commission etc, and that its role as Co-chair of UK100, created a global hotel de ville in our City Chambers and Host City Zone and amplified the urban voice during COP26. Council further recognises that the Glasgow Climate Pact whilst imperfect and has ensured that the goal of keeping temperature rises below 1.5C remains alive and Glasgow has delivered strong messages of hope, promises and ambition; and, for the first time ever explicitly recognises the important role of local and regional government, and, that the 7th Glasgow Pillar of the UCLG LGMA Roadmap Towards COP26 - Climate Justice and Social Equity - was embraced in Clause 52 where it is stated "the need to ensure just transitions that promote sustainable development and eradication of poverty". Council notes with pleasure that many visitors were impressed to learn of the leadership and initiatives already undertaken by this Council in relation to the Climate Emergency, including for example:- first Scottish City to declare a Climate and Ecological emergency in May 2019; Glasgow's Climate Plan which sets a target to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030; our Circular Economy Road Map; introducing Scotland's first ever LEZ at the end of 2018, with the aim to implement Phase 2 in 2023; Car Free Zones outside 37 primary schools and 20 more planned for 2022; SEPA finding (October 2020) that air quality in Glasgow continues to improve, with the vast majority of the city meeting all air quality targets; reducing carbon dioxide emission by 41% since 2006, surpassing the 30% target set for 2020; Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre delivering savings of 90,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year; extracting recyclable material from waste; and generating enough energy to power 22,000 homes in the city; Glasgow Resource and Recycling Strategy - a new strategy to manage waste and recycling over the next 10 years; Clean Glasgow Programme - which includes a Litter Prevention Action Plan for the city enabling businesses, housing associations, communities, residents all to play their part; Spaces for People - making temporary and then permanent travel infrastructure changes across our city; The Avenues - an Excellence in Sustainable Infrastructure award winning programme that is dramatically changing Glasgow city centre for the better; Glasgow's Smart Canal - a pioneering digital surface water drainage system which works to mitigate flood risk and unlock development potential in the north of the city; and Glasgow's Children and Young People's Climate Charter and Education Services 'Our Dear Green Place' and the many other initiatives to tackle climate change. Equally our future plans for further measures also were praised, for example our plans to:- take forward the recommendations of our Citizens Climate Assembly; the Glasgow Green Deal and Call for Ideas, a 9-year mission which fundamentally will reshape the city's economy; a 'Greenprint for Investment' prospectus of transformative climate investment projects to boost our 2030 Net-Zero goal, spanning 30bn of nvestments and place-based development opportunities for international investment; continuing participation in C40s Thriving Cities and many other cooperative programmes; work with the Global South, indigenous peoples and others to ensure their voices are heard, reparations are made and a just transition achieved; and CREATE4GLASGOW, Glasgow Life's new participatory art project aiming to give a voice to young people and raise awareness of our shared environmental priorities. Council records its appreciation of the opportunity which COP26 afforded Glasgow to participate in the world's "last best chance". Council believes that whilst in the Glasgow Pact key issues were watered down in the final hours, there can be no doubt that the Glasgow summit made significant progress on important points: securing agreement on deforestation, methane, transport, energy and finance will contribute to accelerated climate action. Council however calls for stronger ambition and greater urgency on climate action. Council requests that the Leader of the Council writes to United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, formally to confirm what a great pleasure and privilege it was and is for Glasgow to act as Host City for COP26; that it remains committed to the Paris Agreement; that whilst countries may make agreements it is cities which will deliver; that Glasgow commits to being a frontrunner city in the Race to Net Carbon Zero; and that he and all associated with the UN COP and its other bodies are most welcome to return to our City to help continue to build upon the global leadership the ambition, innovation, commitment and ability to deliver shown by our City, its civic society and people.".

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