C40 is pleased to welcome Amman, Durban, Jaipur, Quito, and Salvador to its global network of cities committed to tackling climate change and increasing urban resilience. These five cities bring C40’s overall membership to 75 cities, a key milestone in the organisation’s expansion efforts and a testament to the success of city-to-city collaboration on climate change.
C40 and the City of Buenos Aires will host the first ever C40 Latin American Mayors Forum on 27 March 2015. The Forum will be an exclusive platform for mayors from across the region to demonstrate their leadership in tackling climate change, convening authorities from financial organisations, policy-makers and influential thinkers toward compliance with the Compact of Mayors.
Eight global cities – Addis Ababa, Athens, Melbourne, Mexico City, New York, Shenzhen, Sydney, and Vancouver – have been awarded dedicated, on-the-ground C40 support through the first annual City Adviser competition.The cities were chosen based on their applications’ strong potential for impact and replication across the C40 network. Read thePress Release.
Mexico City has been selected to host the sixth biennial C40 Mayors Summit in November 2016. The Summit will bring together C40 mayors from all over the world and hundreds of urban and sustainability leaders to advance urban solutions to climate change and highlight the leadership role of cities in addressing climate change.
Urban infrastructure insights2015, a report by The Economist Intelligence Unit, examines city infrastructure systems and the role of city leaders in developing solutions for their citizens and businesses. According to C40 Executive Director Mark Watts, who was interviewed for the report, city leaders should look for guidance from their peers: “No city in the world has a monopoly on good ideas.” Read more or download the report.
Cities are an integral part of the global effort to tackle climate change, as both a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, and a major source of innovative climate solutions. Until now, cities have been lacking a consistent and transparent way to measure and report emissions. The Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC) establishes credible emissions accounting and reporting practices that help cities develop an emissions baseline, set mitigation goals, create more targeted climate action plans and track progress.
The Compact of Mayors is an agreement by city networks – and then by their members – to undertake a transparent and supportive approach to reduce city-level emissions, to reduce vulnerability and to enhance resilience to climate change, in a consistent and complimentary manner to national level climate protection efforts.
The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) is a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change.
Acting both locally and collaboratively, C40 Cities are having a meaningful global impact in reducing both greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks. C40 brings together a unique set of assets and creates a shared sense of purpose. C40 offers cities an effective forum where they can collaborate, share knowledge and drive meaningful, measurable and sustainable action on climate change.
In 2005, then Mayor of London Ken Livingstone convened representatives from 18 megacities to pursue action and cooperation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The meeting resulted in the creation of C40. At the time, a small number of leading mayors were working in isolation to make their cities more sustainable. Today, the world’s largest and most important cities are collaborating through C40 to drive climate action through idea sharing, and by doing so, are leading the climate agenda on a global scale toward lower emissions and greater resilience.
Each month during 2015, C40 will celebrate by looking back on the last decade of results and highlighting the many accomplishments of its member cities:
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