C40 Cities Ramps Up for Mayors Summit in Johannesburg

When the C40 Mayors Summit convened in Sao Paulo, Brazil several years ago, the C40 didn’t even have a website and had just launched a Twitter account. What a difference a few years make. Now, we not only have a highly acclaimed web site (shameless promotional plug here and here) and over 12,000 followers, the organization – more importantly -- has developed a bona fide research organization, major international partnerships with the likes of the World Bank, ICLEI and Siemens, codified membership guidelines, appointed Regional Directors, and…. Well, we’ll stop there.

Suffice to say, as we gear up for the 2014 C40 Cities Mayors Summit -- to be held in Johannesburg February 4-6 – we have a greater sense of anticipation and even higher expectations.

Mayors and top officials from more than 44 of the 63 cities -- as well as urban sustainability experts and international leaders from around the world -- will convene to share knowledge on climate action challenges and successes, and to put into plan collaborations that truly give meaning to the concept that by acting locally, together C40 cities are having an impact globally.

Co-hosted by new C40 Chair, Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, 108th Mayor of New York City and President of the C40 Board, Michael R. Bloomberg and Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Councillor Mpho Parks Tau, the summit will follow the theme “Towards resilient and liveable megacities - demonstrating action, impact and opportunity.”

The summit will feature the release of new, groundbreaking data included in our landmark report -Climate Action in Megacities Volume 2.0 (CAM 2.0) – that will quantify just how much of an impact C40 cities are having.

While the key objective of the event is to produce real, tangible actions, there also will be important discussions during the summit, including World Bank Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change Rachel Kyte on how sustainability is used to drive socio-economic development in megacities; and President and CEO of World Resources Institute Andrew Steer driving a panel on how C40 Mayors can take concrete actions to build more liveable and sustainable cities.

To read the full release, click here.

For more information and updates about the summit, click here.