Supporting statement of Mark Watts on Gov. Jerry Brown’s announcement of the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit

On behalf of the 91 world cities of the C40 network that have committed to bold action on climate change, I’d like to congratulate the Governor of California, Jerry Brown for his global leadership to help protect our planet. By hosting the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit Governor Brown is providing a unique opportunity for cities to demonstrate their leadership on the world stage.

Recognising the urgency of the climate crisis we face, C40 cities are leading by example. Over 30 C40 cities have already reached peak emissions – 3 years earlier than the global target and together we have delivered over 11,000 climate actions, from expanding cycling to making schools and homes more energy efficient. By 2020, all C40 cities will have plans in place to ensure they will deliver their part in achieving the ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement.  Our cities will come to the Global Climate Action Summit in September 2018 with the hard evidence of how they are reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, in order to create a more inclusive, resilient and sustainable world.  

This Summit will be a key milestone in the crucial years to 2020, as we assess the progress and commitments of non-state actors and contribute recommendations to the 2018 Facilitative Dialogue on driving more ambitious climate action. C40 mayors are committed to working with civil society, business leaders, investors and their state and regional counterparts to tackle climate change. The 2018 Global Climate Action Summit will help them create the political momentum, stimulate partnerships and inspire nations to increase and deliver on their commitments for a climate safe future.