Newcastle is the latest city to join the Cities Race To Zero campaign as part of a push to promote stronger action on climate change.
More than 750 global cities have already joined the campaign,which is supported by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and UK government.
The international campaign is designed to highlight the role of local government in climate leadership in the lead up to the the International Climate Conference in Glasgow.
The council also joined the Cities Race to Resilience, which focuses on building in vulnerable communities.
The council was a founding member of Local Governments for Sustainability, a founding member of the Business Renewables Centre, a member of the Cities Power Partnership, a member of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, and recently became a Pioneer City for ICLEI's CitiesWithNature program.
"We (City of Newcastle) continue to be recognised as a leading local government authority in Australia when it comes to implementing our strong and decisive initiatives to address climate change, including the adoption of our Climate Action Plan 2021-2025 and becoming the first NSW Council to be powered by 100 per cent renewable electricity in January 2020," a Lord Mayoral Minute presented at Tuesday's council meeting said.
'(The motion) reinforces our strong view that there is a global climate emergency and an urgent need for real action on climate change and that we have formally committed to the principles and targets of the Paris Climate Agreement,"
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