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Mayor and Director to be Paid Wages by Boise Taxpayers While Attending COP28 UN World Climate Action Summit

By • November 19, 2023

Boise Mayor Lauren McLean will attend the COP28 UN World Climate Action summit in Dubai, UAE in December. She will be accompanied by Steve Burgos, Boise Director of Public Works. While on the trip, Boise taxpayers will continue paying the wages of both.

“COP” stands for Conference of the Parties. This refers to the countries that have elected to participate in the climate goals of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). From the COP28 website,

“The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international climate summit, which is held annually unless the Parties (the countries involved) decide otherwise. At COPs, world leaders gather to work together on solutions to tackle climate change. There are now 198 Parties (197 countries plus the European Union) to the Convention, constituting near universal membership.

COP28 UAE will be one of the largest and most important international gatherings in 2023, followed closely around the world. As the world’s highest decision-making process on climate issues, it is expected to host over 70,000 delegates, including heads of state and world leaders, to build consensus and facilitate progress on climate action among 197 countries, the EU and thousands of non-government organizations, companies, youth groups, and other stakeholders.”

The summit is hosted by the COP28 Presidency, as well as Michael Bloomberg, the UN Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions, and one of the organizations he created, Bloomberg Philanthropies.

COP28 comes eight years after COP21, which took place in Paris in 2015. The President-Designate for COP28 UAE, H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, explains,

“At COP21 in 2015, the world agreed to limit global warming to 1.5°C compared to pre-industrial levels by 2050. To remain on target, science tells us that emissions must be halved by 2030. We only have another seven years to meet that goal. COP28 UAE is a prime opportunity to rethink, reboot, and refocus the climate agenda.

Working with the UNFCCC Executive Secretary alongside the UN Climate Change High-Level Champion and the UAE Youth Climate Champion, I will strive to build consensus amongst parties to drive climate action. Together, we will prioritize efforts to accelerate emissions reductions through a pragmatic energy transition, reform land use, and transform food systems. We will work to mobilize solutions for vulnerable countries, operationalize loss and damage, and deliver the most inclusive Conference possible.”

Ahmed Al Jaber

From the Bloomberg Philanthropies website,

“…on December 1-2, 2023 in Dubai, the COP28 Local Climate Action Summit will aim to bring together hundreds of subnational climate leaders – mayors, governors, businesses, non-government organizations, and more – who are increasingly critical in helping national governments reach emissions reduction targets and net-zero ambitions while building resilient and future-proof economies and societies.

“For the world to tackle climate change effectively, mayors and governors need a bigger seat at the table – and while we have a come a long way since we convened mayors at COP21 in Paris, greater collaboration is still needed between local leaders, the private sector, national governments and international finance institutions,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, UN Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions and founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies. “This Local Climate Action Summit will be a major opportunity to empower local and regional governments – who are already leading the way in reducing emissions – to be bolder and move faster.” “

Bloomberg Philanthropies website further explains the four goals and themes which are the focus of the summit:

“COP28 will be a pivotal moment to deliver a robust collective response to the latest climate science to reset global climate efforts. The COP Presidency will welcome the inaugural global delegation of mayors and governors at the World Climate Action Summit, which will firmly establish subnational governments’ voices in global climate talks. The complementary COP28 Local Climate Action Summit will unite subnational and national leaders to establish a new paradigm for fully integrated climate action between governments at all levels across four core themes:

  1. Transforming Local Climate Finance: Strengthen sustainable financial mechanisms to mobilize the trillions of dollars in public and private investment needed globally at the subnational level to deliver real change.
  2. Integrating Local Contributions to Enhance Global Action: Incorporate local implementation into national and international climate policy design and determine how best to factor subnational action into future national and global climate goals, including for 2030.
  3. Fast-tracking the Local Energy Transition: Propel rapid advancements across pivotal sectors and surface new strategies to deliver ambitious results locally.
  4. Strengthening Local Resilience and Adaptation: Protect residents and infrastructure from immediate and future climate risks.”

Bloomberg Philanthropies talks about the importance of and focus on cities and local governments in the implementation of the COP28 goals. The summit will be the inaugural meeting of local leaders in this effort.

“The COP28 Local Climate Action Summit will be a first-of-its-kind gathering to recognize the critical role local leaders play in reducing emissions, addressing climate risk, and supercharging national efforts to move further and faster on climate progress. Hosted by the COP28 Presidency and Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Summit aims to bring together hundreds of national and subnational climate leaders to transform climate finance, enhance global action, fast-track the energy transition, and strengthen resilience and adaptation at the local level. This Summit is backed by world-leading networks of local leaders including the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), US Conference of Mayors, the Under2 Coalition, and others.”

Lauren McLean

McLean submitted a budget request to Boise City Council for her regular wages, as well as those of Burgos, to be paid while they are in UAE for the summit. The City of Boise website shows that both were approved by the Council.

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36 thoughts on “Mayor and Director to be Paid Wages by Boise Taxpayers While Attending COP28 UN World Climate Action Summit

  1. I guess when the working class start leaving these areas in the world and going to places that have the same values then at that point tax dollars will dry up for them.
    Just watched a city counsel race were the democrats spent a bunch of money and the conservatives voted the democrat in. Must have been to much trouble to go vet the person they voted for.

      1. I’m not sure how she was re-elected?

        Taxpayers should not be footing the bill for her personal agenda. Bloomberg is evil and our democrat mayor fits right in with the demigod democrats.

        If we don’t wake up we will be the next ca,

        1. I can tell you exactly how she was re-elected, poor voter turnout for the conservative side of the aisle.

          To add to this, those that vote D seem to either not work much, or at the very least, they have jobs that afford them the time to vote and most likely encourage it.

          1. McLean must be flying there while adding CO2 to the environment. Why not sail there, since she would have the rest of us do the same by 2030, or certainly by 2050? The actual results of the Walking Woke policy coming out of the UN will set us back to the Stone Age, if the remaining non-elite humanity can possibly survive its leaderships fantastic and economically delusional visions. The only possible positive outcome would be if civil disobedience by producers abandons the elites and they get a taste of hunger and their own starvation policies.

    1. Rhinos are taking over the Republican Party. Watch how they vote..Democrat. Just recently I asked a “republican ” why he went RINO and voted with the Democrats. His response was, “I don’t know what a RINO is” AND “the Democrats have some good idea’s”
      Boise needs to wake up and get the Liberals, and the Mayor out of office.
      Pocatello Mayor needs to go as well!!

    2. We need to change the election year. City council election are off-off-year elections. Less than 50% of qualified voters voted in Ada county, so these people were elected by a minority.

  2. This is what happens when Boise conservatives stick their head in the sand and allow a marxist quack to continue to run our city into a Portland sewer. UN/WEF, WHO, all in lockstep with the New world (communist) order. I wonder how much Klaus Schwab paid her to attend? “Climate change” is an agenda made up by the antichrist establishment.

    1. More like, this is what happens when Kommiefornians and Washington people that claim to be “conservative” and leave the place they destroyed and had to escape from come to your town and repeat what they left. And yes, there are those with their heads in the sand, I have friends there that are so damn lazy they won”t even send a letter of opposition but complain about the crap going on around them.

      1. It has absolutely zero to do with that. The refugees coming here are far, far more conservative than Idaho locals. It’s the locals who vote repeatedly for leftist, wolf in sheep’s clothing Republicans. You elected Brad little twice and countless Republican legislators who have proven many times they are total frauds. Idaho locals are completely clueless about the marxist tactics being used against them, while the refugees have seen their prior states destroyed. It’s not the Democrats destroying this state. They are open and honest about their hate for you and for this country. It’s the Republicans who lie about everything to get elected.

        1. While that may be part of the issue, Mary, it has quite a bit to do with the left moving in. We have not one but THREE of them on our HOA board in my neighborhood right now and it is a shame to have them in charge of anything. To answer the question as to why they’re in charge, nobody else wanted to be part of the HOA board, and it seems libs just LOVE to be in charge of everything, something, anything they can get their dickbeaters on!

          I also have talked to a few libs that have moved here and they are all in the same boat, they talk like they’re conservative, but then you put them to the litmus test, they all fail because they know nothing about conservative values. Its always the same test they fail too, guns, immigration and abortion.

      2. Disagree.
        Blaming CA and WA refugees is an old myth.
        The fact is that the elections in Ada County need investigating. and that we have a state-run propaganda and Marxist training center located IN the capital city (BSU). Every level of government in this state has been infiltrated and corrupted, and that didn’t just happen.

        We use machines. I had to place my paper ballot into one and received no verification at all that my vote was tallied correctly, only that the ballot was accepted. Machines can and are being used to rig elections nationwide. This is beyond debate at this point. We have no way of knowing what the actual results are and haven’t for some time.

        How about the state/county GOP?
        Why are they not putting up solid MAGA candidates for mayor, and why were the only ads the opponent put up about housing (just like McLeans…)? Why no ads pointing to the fact that she is a lock-step Leftist, 100% aligned with resident Biden and the rest of the DS global fascists? Portland is a hellscape, so why not emphasize her desire to turn Boise into the same? Why do we have this idiotic ‘non-partisan’ election dynamic? Politics IS partisan by nature, and we are dealing with a party (plus RINO’s…) that seeks to destroy the country. Yet, the state GOP does nothing to address that either.

        This was like the 2008/2012 presidential elections where the GOP ran uninspiring candidates whose only goal was to provide the appearance of opposition.

        EVERY city/county/state in this country needs to accept the fact that the election system is rigged and start acting on it. It is on the government to prove that elections are legit (since they run them and we allow them to govern through them), not the public to prove they aren’t.

        People like McLean make up a small part of the population. They don’t win legit elections based on their policies.

      3. As someone who escaped communism in Washington, I take issue. This Portland mayor was voted in (as were most of them)before I came and I’ve found most “conservatives” here to be pretty milk toast. Most don’t seem to know how to handle a gun, most don’t vote and when they do, fail to get behind a single candidate to get rid of the rhino’s. Then no idea of how the people they elect voted, I can go on but very few I’ve met are actually conservative. The idiots considering light rail, the school being run by leftist, the attacks on farm land…. Nothing happens unless the people will it or are too lazy to stop it. Boise isn’t Portland or Seattle yet, go visit them to see how bad it can get when all you do is B&M. Just because someone has the ability to get elected, that doesn’t mean they are smarter than an rock. What was the turn out again?……

  3. When those elected do not reflect the voters values they must be recalled, when they blatantly imposes those values they must be removed. I believe we should bring the “declaration on independence” back.

  4. The Idaho Republican party needs to lobby the Idaho legislature to pass legislation banning the United Nations, all of their agencies, all of their programs and all US government agencies that act as proxies for the United Nations from the state of Idaho. The EPA obviously would be one of those proxy agencies.

    The Millennium Summit held September 6-8 was the UN Conference at which the United Nations became a global governing body. The programs of the United Agencies are presented to the American people as domestic programs via the Agencies of the federal government and through the traitors in the U.S. Congress who pass the legislation for what amounts to national suicide. That’s what the Climate Change agenda is all about. National Suicide.

    Idahoans need to declare that we DO NOT accept foreign rule regardless of the facade that presents it.

    Kick the UN out of Idaho and declare it an act of treason against the people of Idaho to cooperate in any way with that global communist organization called the United Nations.

  5. Boise voted for McClean knowing her political platform. Perhaps no strong canidates ran against her. When I say strong candidates I mean not those bringing idealism from the past, but those who can compete with integrity and knowledge. Republicans here should be studying the tactics the Democrats use to manipulate voters, and what the Dems are stressing in their campaigns. They should encourage well educated, articulate people to run against them. I would recommend someone with an MBA or degree in accounting that can speak to solutions for the economy and be able to intelligently address the growth of Idaho. I am actually saying this for all of Idaho, or those moving here with other ideals wiil take it over before you know it.

    1. Agree with your common sense, but the “left” is nothing about common sense. With them it’s all about social, DEI idealism….and those are the folks that retained McClean. As they say, “you get the government you deserve.”…Boise, you got the government….

  6. What did you expect, Boise? You just re-approved a Marxist for Mayor and now you complain when she obtains a conference which is all about how Marxist Mayors can torment their subjects?

  7. McLean is working to make Boise into the next progressive 15-minute city, much like Portland, San Francisco, etc. You can see how well those are doing. She is a WEF puppet and installed just to do this. You think elections matter? Don’t blame the voters – voting doesn’t rid us of this level of scourge.

    1. It doesn’t just affect Boise, Climate Change is a global agenda and it is national suicide.

      It seems to me that most people study the weed at the bottom of the tree when they should step back and look at the entire diseased tree and then figure out how to kill it – destroying the root so that it never comes back.

      1. Climate change is BS and nothing more than a communist wealth redistribution scheme. Here you are blabbering like the useful idiot leftists live so much. Go to India or China and work on how much they pollute the planet, good luck.

  8. There is no reason for a local and highly liberal mayor/staff to be attending a UN conference on a non-existent problem on our dime.

    They need to attend out of their own pockets

  9. I don’t even live in Boise and this P****S me off. Comrade Lauren needs to go. Used to live in Boise but escaped 20 years ago and never looked back.

  10. UNBELIEVABLE! I couldn’t even stomach to read the article in full.
    I agree with Mary. Don’t blame the people moving here. In my opinion it’s the people in Bosie voting for this communism. I have posted over and over again SHE WILL turn the city of Bosie into a sewer. Shame on you voters!

  11. The UN is a communist terror organization and must be recognized as such. Boise sure is going to hell in a hand basket quicker than anyone thought possible. The consequence of zero consequences. They are so concerned about the climate but have no problem turning every empty field in Boise into multiple housing units stretched as far as the eye can see and destroying the beautiful foothills on the 55 all the way to Horseshoe bend with multi-million dollar McMansions.
    I’m glad I got to see Boise as it once was, instead of the disaster it’s turning into now.
    Climate change is just another fraud on taxpayers.

  12. The rise of the new communist Nazi kings of the world. It’s a battle of pure evil against the light (Jesus christ) and it is the age old battle of perverted men (kind) exalting them selves as gods. Rather than submitting to God and worshiping the one true king of kings.
    Rich high minded men (kind) plotting to oppress, control, and enslave the working/worshiping man.
    Like sheep to the slaughter. Most will follow. Most will willingly give up their freedom and worship at the feet of these perverted kings and rulers. Worship anything and anyone EXCEPT GOD.
    These are truly dark days.
    I am becoming a man in Exile.
    The struggle to keep the republic as it stands is at its ultimate apex. We will soon find out if she is lost. Voter turn out next year, more of mankind praying and Gods will is the deciding factor.
    In this land of Sodom and Gomorrah the out look is bleak at best.
    The next generation cares not, cannot and will not maintain it.
    Hard times make good men. (1900-1945)
    Good men make good times. (1945-1985)
    Good times make week men. (1985-2005)
    Week men make hard times. (2000-2030)
    The cycle of life.
    This entire climate change farce is a religious political movement to enslave everyone under a few select kings and princes. Totalitarianism.

  13. Idaho consists of the Uniparty and the party of MAGA.
    The Uniparty, the weak and the globalists, currently hold seats such as:
    1.) Boise’s Mayor and City Council
    2.) Meridian’s Mayor
    3.) Governor
    4.) Lt Governor
    5.) Senate Pro Temper
    6.) A couple on Idaho’s Supreme Court
    7.) And an extreme amount of other positions, such as Tromp BSU
    The People have quite the challenge to turn Idaho into a Conservative State.

  14. This junket provides opportunities for McLean et al to meet openly without suspicions, with groups like ARUP, that are not shy about just how radical they are pushing their WEF policies. ARUP is a full on liberty destroying control cult. They recommend by 2030 that: No personal/private car ownership- No meat or dairy intake at all- Only ONE short-haul commercial flight per THREE years, per person- Only THREE new articles of clothing per year….
    The City of Boise contracts with ARUP for special studies to build policies….like Upzoning!

  15. I live near Five Mile and Overland Road. I voted. Of the candidates for my area for city council, Josh Johnson had signs all over the place. He even came to my door. The person who got voted in, I never saw a sign with their name. Go figure? So I asked someone in the “know”. This answer speaks for all of Boise: Of the north end people who are registered to vote, approximately 80% vote. Of the rest of Boise who are registered, approximately 30% vote. Does that help answer the question, Go Figure?

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