The World is Watching Cities
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 moves through member cities Beijing for the Second China-U.S. Climate-Smart Low-Carbon Cities Summit; Singapore for the World Cities Summit; and later in the year, Mexico City for the sixth biennial C40 Mayors Summit.
2016 C40 Cities Awards Finalists Announced
Today, C40 announced the 35 finalists competing in ten urban climate action categories for the fourth-annual C40 Cities Awards, sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies and BYD. The winners will be announced on December 1, 2016, at a ceremony in Mexico City, held alongside the sixth biennial C40 Mayors Summit.
Congratulations to C40's Next Chair, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo
Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo has been unanimously elected by the C40 Steering Committee to succeed Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Eduardo Paes as our next Chair. In her new role, Mayor Hidalgo will build on the legacy and accomplishments of Chairs before her, while bringing a new strategic vision and set of priorities to the organization. Learn more on our blog.
Data Transparency & Progress
An increasing number and proportion of cities are measuring their emissions. Only 1 in 10 did so back in 2011. Now, it's 4 in 10 cities. The trend is particularly reflected in the world’s megacities, with 90% of C40 cities now disclosing emissions to our partner CDP.
John Kerry on the role of cities in establishing a renewable energy pathway
"If we change the way we power our cities we will change the way we power the world and in the process we will save it. America and China recognise that." US Secretary of State John Kerry at the Second China-U.S. Climate-Smart Low-Carbon Cities Summit in Beijing.
Boston to host next China-U.S. Climate-Smart Low-Carbon Cities Summit
"I am honored to announce that Boston will build on our global climate leadership to host next year's U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit," said Mayor Walsh. "There is no more pressing, or defining, global challenge than climate change."
Earlier this year, Mayor Walsh joined the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) Steering Committee, the governing body that provides strategic direction for the network of cities on the front line of preparing for and helping prevent climate change.
C40 Mayors in Action
C40 is helping its mayors keep urban citizens informed on the incredible sustainability efforts happening everyday in their cities. Most recently, that story takes us Lord Mayor Clover Moore's instagram account, full of wonderful images of cycling, solar, and green spaces in Sydney.
The City Practitioners' View
Our latest research, Unlocking Climate Action in Megacities: The City Practitioners’ View provides the most detailed analysis to date of the barriers that cities and their mayors face when implementing policies and projects that will deliver on their ambitions to tackle climate change. This is a vital step in overcoming these obstacles and realizing the scale of action needed if the world is to deliver on the 1.5 degrees target of the Paris Agreement.
By hearing from city practitioners what are the key barriers to climate action, the report hopes to establish a shared understanding and form the basis of an international, collective response.
Sharing is working. So we're doing more of it.
C40 responds to the needs of its member cities. Today, at COP21 in Paris, C40 and Mastercard announced a new partnership to launch a Mobility Management network.
The network will assist cities to provide cheaper and quicker ways to improve transport capacity, efficiency and accessibility than investing in new infrastructure, which can be expensive and time-consuming, and can neglect efficiencies within existing systems.
"UN Should Appoint a Mayor to Head Its Climate Change Secretariat"
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs recently argued that a Mayor would be the ideal choice to succeed Christiana Figueres as head of the Bonn-based UN Climate Change Secretariat, noting: "Sustaining the momentum generated in Paris may require a shift in emphasis—a move from negotiation to implementation—and a new kind of leadership."
"Cities, with their vulnerability to and responsibility for climate change, with their sensitivity to needs for both mitigation and adaptation, have become the source of wherewithal and innovation necessary to address global warming. Maybe they should also be the source for our next head of the UN Climate Change Secretariat."
Compact of Mayors aggregate impact
More than 400 city commitments made since the Compact's launch would realize over 50% of the 2020 global potential for urban GHG emissions reductions. Compact commitments could close 25% of the “gap” between national pledges for emissions reductions made in advance of this year’s COP21 summit, and those necessary to keep global warming below 2°C.
The C40 Mayors Summit Draws Near
A Welcome Message from C40 Leadership
The sixth biennial Mayors Summit, C40’s flagship event, will take place in Ciudad de México from November 30 – December 2, 2016. Hosted by Mayor of Ciudad de México Miguel Ángel Mancera and led by current C40 Chair, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Eduardo Paes, and Chair Elect Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, the event draws mayors and leading thinkers from around the world to advance a shared agenda through collaboration and knowledge sharing, and increase visibility about the global potential of climate actions in cities.
From the Office of the Chair
C40 Chair and Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes is a global ambassador for cities. Learn more about this important thought leader and follow a curated list below of key acheivements from Mayor Paes and his home city of Rio.
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.
Mayor Paes celebrates C40 Cities Awards Finalists
On 20 September, C40 announced thirty five finalists for the next C40 Cities Awards. Learn more.
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.
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.
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.”
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.