The World is Watching Cities

The world has increased its focus on climate thanks to COP21 -- and cities have come into the spotlight. C40 is proud to help shine that light a little brighter through events like the C40 Forum and C40 Cities Awards; new paradigm-shifting research; and a series of announcements including a new network and a breakthrough finance facility.

Because cities are acting now, and we're right beside them as they become necessary leaders in this important cause.

As context to the pivotal meetings occuring in Paris, we're showcasing stories that help explain why a global agreement on climate change matters, and why cities are so vitally important to the success of any agreement. 

Climate Summit for Local Leaders

While national governments are negotiating the final treaty that will attempt to limit rising global temperatures to 2 degrees Celsius or lower, it is cities that more often than not absorb the biggest impacts of extreme weather and climate change. Fortunately, cities have the solutions to fight climate change. And they're sharing them with one another.

On December 4, Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of the City of Paris and Michael R. Bloomberg, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change – in partnership with the global networks of cities and local governments for climate action – co-hosted the Climate Summit for Local Leaders – the largest global convening of mayors, governors and local leaders focused on climate change.

This historic event coincided with the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris, helping to ensure that the voices of local leaders are heard, and city efforts were recognized, during the international negotiation process, in order to reach a universal, legally binding agreement that will enable us to combat climate change effectively.

 

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 check back over the next few weeks as Mayor Paes presents the most important stories impacting mayors today, from his home city and the rest of C40's 80+ Cities on the #RoadToParis.