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The next four years will be crucial in determining if the world can avoid the worst impacts of climate change, keeping the global temperature rise to below 1.5 degrees. It is now cities and businesses that are delivering the boldest ideas and most ambitious plans for a sustainable low carbon future.
More than half of the world’s population lives in cities. By enabling sustainable development, cities are better preparing to face the challenges of urbanization and improve the quality of life of residents. As more people around the world move from rural to urban areas in unprecedented numbers, Citi is expanding its work to help build vibrant, inclusive communities where all citizens can fulfill their potential. The recent C40 Mayors Summit highlighted this effort. Citi joined elected city officials, climate experts and business leaders in Mexico City at C40’s flagship event to strategize and affirm our commitment to sustainability on an international stage.
As U.S. mayors gather in Washington D.C. for the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting they sent a clear message that they will continue to take bold action in their cities to tackle the climate crisis head-on, with or without federal support.
2016 was a monumental year for C40, our member cities and our mayors. Not only did the Paris Agreement enter into force less than one year after COP21, but we also saw the number of C40 member cities grow to 90, representing more than 650 million citizens, and our Steering Committee unanimously elected the first-ever woman C40 Chair, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, to lead the organisation. Below, we look back at ten key moments that made 2016 a very productive and important year.
This week C40 hosted a Climate Positive Development training session for the City of Beijing and the Shougang Project. The Shougang Project is the first project in China to be accepted into the Climate Positive Development Program, a performance-based recognition system of the world’s most ambitious district-scale low-carbon projects. The training was held at the site of the regeneration area – the former Shougang steel mill – 19 km due west of Tiananmen Square, and was co-hosted by the Shougang Group, and supported by the Beijing Municipal Institute of City Planning and Design and the Peking University Centre of Planning and Design.