C40 Summit Video Blog Series: Stian Berger Røsland, Governing Mayor of Oslo – Mayors of large and small cities face the same challenges

*Editor’s note: In partnership with the City of Johannesburg we conducted a series of video interviews with mayors, leading sustainability officials and partner thought leaders during the C40 Mayors Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa on February 4-6, 2014. Take a look at our growing catalogue of video blogs to date…and stay tuned for more over the coming weeks.

At the C40 Mayors Summit in Johannesburg, Oslo Governing Mayor Stian Berger Røsland told the C40 News Team the importance of having an organization that combats climate change on a sub-national level.

“The idea of C40 – cities coming together and trying to solve the biggest problem humanity faces – climate change – I think is very appealing. Our nations and international institutions seem to have difficulties in reaching a consensus on goals and implementation of policy. For cities, it’s much easier. We can provide better transportation for our inhabitants, we can do better on waste management, we can do all these things that cities do anyway. We can try to learn from each other and we can try to achieve real goals – that’s what C40 Cities is all about.”

Moreover, Governing Mayor Berger Røsland talks about how even relatively small cities – like Oslo – can benefit enormously from discussions with megacities, as well as perhaps provide inspiration to those larger cities.

“If you are a mayor of a huge city, if you’re a mayor of a smaller city – many of the issues are the same, even though it’s obviously more complicated in larger cities. But it’s interesting to have these conversations: how do you solve this, how do you communicate with your populations, how do you work with different parts of society to promote these goals?”

Watch Governing Mayor Berger Røsland’s interview below.