Audio version of the Summer 2019 newsletter.

The audio version of the summer 2019 Buckingham Town Matters newsletter is now online. If you would like any more information about anything you have heard or read about in the newsletter, please get in touch with the Town Council Office.

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UN President of the General Assembly meets Mayor of Buckingham

Mayor of Buckingham meets the President of the General Assembly at the UN UN presidentThis week, the Mayor and Mayoress of Buckingham were honoured to meet the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Her Excellency Maria Fernanda Espinosa, at the University of Buckingham on Tuesday when she opened the UN Centre for Studies as the guest of Vice-Chancellor Sir Anthony Seldon.

President Espinosa, who is from Ecuador, is only the 4th female holder of the UN’s highest office since it was founded in 1945, and she spoke on he issues affecting the world, including climate change and economic instability.

Mayor, Cllr Mark Cole JP, President of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa and Mrs Alexandra Cole

Next steps: Buckingham Town Council and the climate emergency

Mayor signing the mayors covenant

Cllr Mark Cole JP, Mayor of Buckingham, signing the Mayors Covenant.

After declaring a climate emergency on the 15th July, Mayor Cllr Mark Cole JP has signed the Covenant of Mayors for climate and energy. The next step for Buckingham Town Council will be to find out more about where the Town Council is now and what changes can be made. We will be drafting a climate action plan during the autumn.

The signed covenant sets out a step-by-step approach to how local authorities can assess their current emissions, the risks of climate change and create a sustainable energy and climate actions plan within two years.

Buckingham Town Council principally commits to:Logo for the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy Europe

  • Reducing CO2 (and possibly other greenhouse gas) emissions on its territory by at least 40% by 2030, namely through improved energy efficiency and greater use of renewable energy sources;
  • Increasing its resilience by adapting to the impacts of climate change.