C40 Cities Chair Michael R. Bloomberg on “New Priorities for the Rio+20 Conference”

C40 Chair New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg delivered today a keynote speech on new priorities for the Rio+20 conference during the Ford Foundation’s Forum on Sustainable and Just Cities hosted in conjunction with the United Nations.

Mayor Bloomberg’s remarks emphasized the growing role of mayors and cities worldwide in the movement to address climate change and take meaningful actions during the Rio+20 Conference. Conference organizers recently named cities one of the “7 Critical Issues at Rio+20.”

Grist had a great piece on the Mayor's remarks, noting the "urgency" of his message about the importance of cities in facing the global climate challenge.

The Rio+20 conference will mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg.

Other forum attendees included:

  • Luis Ubinas, President, Ford Foundation
  • Under-Secretary General Sha Zukang, Economics & Social Affairs, UN
  • UN Assistant Secretary-General Brice Lalonde, Executive Coordinator, UN Rio+20 Conference
  • Frances Beinecke, President, Natural Resource Defense Council
  • Commissioner Marjorie Tiven, NYC Commission, UNCCP

To review the conference agenda, click here or to learn more about the Ford Foundation’s program, click here.