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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.
Around the world, mayors and local leaders are taking steps to tackle climate change whilst addressing issues of poverty and social inequality. Through a series of short films and an accompanying print publication – all made possible with generous support from the Citi Foundation – C40 is excited to feature six mayors who are delivering inclusive climate action in their cities.
More than 23,000 citizens from cities around the world have joined city leaders in their campaign to reduce urban air pollution by signing a global petition demanding that vehicle manufacturers lead an air quality transformation.