The World is Watching Cities, Now More than Ever
COP21 brought cities into the spotlight. C40 is proud to help shine that light a little brighter. Because cities and mayors are acting now, and we're right beside them as they become necessary leaders in this vital cause.
As the world moves forward from Paris, we're showcasing stories that help explain why cities are so critically important for implementing on the goals set forth in that historic accord. C40's road from Paris moved through member cities Beijing for the Second China-U.S. Climate-Smart Low-Carbon Cities Summit; Singapore for the World Cities Summit; Quito for Habitat III; and now culminates in Mexico City for the sixth biennial C40 Mayors Summit and C40 Cities Awards.
C40 CITIES AWARDS FINALISTS 2017
We are pleased to announce the 25 global finalists competing in five urban climate action categories for the C40 Awards.
The first edition of a new C40 event series, C40 Talks: How Mayors Are Getting the Job Done, took place at the New York Times Building conference center on Monday, September 18th, kicking off Climate Week NYC 2017. Learn more about the event here.
What We're Working On
C40 launched a series of new partnerships and programmes at this year's summit, and our Mayors made new commitments to advance the pace of bold climate action.
The sixth biennial Mayors Summit, C40’s flagship event, ushered in the organization's most ambitious slate of announcements. From urban waterfront redevelopment to eliminating diesel vehicles, C40 Mayors helped advance a shared agenda through collaboration, knowledge sharing, and increased visibility of climate actions in cities.
Learn more about our latest programme, C40 Inclusive Cities, by watching the film above. This new programme will complement existing C40 efforts to help ensure climate action also creates greater social equity and sustainable cities for all.
From the Office of the Chair
New C40 Chair and Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo is C40's next global ambassador for cities. Follow along as we track Mayor Hidalgo and other Vice Chairs of C40 as they help shape the world, one changed city at a time.
Let’s stand together for the Paris Agreement! Read Mayor Anne Hidalgo statement here.
An Unbroken Chain of Leadership
Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo formally took over as the new chair of C40 Cities during the 2016 Mayors Summit. She thanked Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Eduardo Paes for his exemplary leadership of the group and received a symbolic bonsai tree from Mayor Paes and C40 President of the Board, U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change and 108th Mayor of New York City, Michael R. Bloomberg.
Mayor Hidalgo accepts C40 "Green Diplomat of the Year" Award
Foreign Policy presented its annual “Green Diplomat of the Year” award to C40 for the organisation’s efforts to promote climate action around the world.
Foreign Policy gave C40 its top green diplomacy award, and Mayor Hidalgo accepted on behalf of the organization she now chairs, saying: “I am aware of the weight of responsibility this award carries, and I would like to share it with my fellow mayors from around the world.”
Mayor of Los Angeles and Hong Kong’s Secretary of the Environment Re-Elected C40 Vice-Chairs
Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti and Hong Kong’s Secretary of the Environment, Mr Wong Kam-sing have been re-elected vice-chairs of the C40 Cities network, following recent elections in their respective cities. The vote, by their fellow mayors, means Los Angeles and Hong Kong, China remain members of C40’s Steering Committee, the governing body that provides strategic direction for the network of mega-cities committed to action on climate change.
Mayors, serving as Vice-Chairs on the C40 Steering Committee, represent the geographically diverse members of the global network. Mayor Garcetti will represent North American cities, whilst Secretary Wong will represent Central East Asian cities. Los Angeles and Hong Kong, China join Boston, Copenhagen, Dubai, Durban, London, Milan, Mexico City, Paris, Seoul and Tokyo as the current members of the C40 Steering Committee.