Rio launches new Resilience Strategy
Rio recently launched its new, city-wide Resilience Strategy, developed over the past two years by city officials and more than 800 representatives from the private sector, academia and civil society.
The city's vision for a more resilient Rio is based on a better relationship between the city and its water, infrastructure, and most importantly, its citizens.
Learn more about the new strategy, including its six foundational goals.
Leading on Climate Change Readiness
NASA and Mayor Eduardo Paes signed an agreement for cooperation on hazard monitoring and disaster response to advance mutual scientific interest and science applications. NASA’s Earth Science Division is partnering with Rio de Janeiro's Operations Center to support innovative and ongoing efforts to better understand, anticipate, and monitor natural hazards, including drought, flooding, and landslides, in and around Rio de Janeiro.
Photo courtesy of Rio Operations Center.
Paes on New Finance Facility for Global South Cities
At COP21, C40 Cities, Germany and the Inter American Development Bank (IADB) announced a new finance facility that aims to unlock up to US$1 billion worth of sustainable infrastructure in cities across low and middle-income countries by 2020.
“The C40 Cities Finance Facility represents a massive opportunity for cities, particularly those in the Global South,” said Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro and C40 Chair. “The project represents a significant step forward in delivering one of my strategic aims as C40 Chair, and will allow cities to leverage significant public and private financing for green infrastructure projects, enabling cities to accelerate their ambitious emissions reductions.”
Rio City Hall opens the Museum of Tomorrow
Built in Porto Maravilha, the Museum of Tomorrow opens to the public on 19 January. A cultural anchor for the revitalizing project in the Port Area, the museum is the most expressive symbol of the renewal that the 5 million sq. meters area is going through. The space analyses the past, showcases present trends, and explores possible scenarios for the next 50 years through the lens of sustainability and camaraderie.
Mayors and citizens of C40 cities urge nations to act on climate change
Mayor Eduardo Paes and the world's leading mayors are urging national leaders to reach an ambitious, universal climate agreement in Paris. Over 25 C40 mayors have signed the Earth Statement, an appeal to national political leaders to commit to eight essential elements of climate action at COP21. The Earth Statement is written by leading scientists and economists who together form the Earth League.
A Digital Revolution for Democracy
"Through Polisdigitocracy – the use of open data, social media and digital technology to drive citizen engagement – we must listen, renew legitimacy and turn formal consultation into constant collaboration. Polisdigitocracy has incredible potential to help our cities engage and excite citizens to achieve our common goals." Mayor Eduardo Paes.
Read the new report, "Polisdigitocracy: Digital Technology, Citizen Engagement and Climate Action"
Leading on the Compact of Mayors
C40 Chair and Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes announced his city’s full compliance with the Compact of Mayors, making it the first city in the world to reach the Compact compliance milestone.
Mayor Paes also issued a call for peer Brazilian cities -- and all world cities alike -- to join onto the compact.
Paes in Newsweek: “We can no longer postpone actions against the consequences of climate change, which we already are feeling.”
“We can no longer postpone actions against the consequences of climate change, which we already are feeling,” says Eduardo Paes, mayor of Rio de Janeiro...Rio, like other cities in the global south, has experienced a range of recent extreme weather events, including avalanches due to sudden violent rains and a continuing drought that is stressing water supplies across Brazil.
Greenbiz: We need a 'total change of paradigm'
"People live in cities, not states or nations, so they have to be taken into consideration in the agreements. As mayors, we are closer to people than heads of state. Around the world, mayors have taken the lead and shown the actions through networks like C40." - Mayor Paes, Chair of C40
Uniting Mayors Worldwide
As C40 Chair, Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes is working on behalf of all C40 Mayors to carve a new role for city leaders on the global stage. Above, Mayor Paes meets with China's Premier Li Keqiang to discuss the advancement of climate action in Chinese cities.