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As we gear up for 2018, which will be an important turning point for staying on track with the goals of the Paris Agreement, it is interesting to look back to 2017 and take stock of the strong commitments that our C40 cities have made to climate action. Together and individually, we are “the new face of leadership” – as described by former US President Barack Obama at the North American Climate Summit in Chicago earlier this month. Together we offer hopes that we can and will address one of the greatest challenges of this century. The work has started in our cities and this month’s announcements in Chicago, Accra and Paris are raising the bar for 2018.
Moderated by Seth Schultz, Director of Science and Innovation at C40 Cities, this high-level side event examined the role of science in informing more effective urban climate action. The event aimed to highlight practical solutions and build engagement towards the 2018 Science Conference on Cities and Climate Change on March 5-7 in Edmonton, Canada.
Scenario planning and modelling tools, which help cities explore the future in different ways are a powerful way of supporting the decisions we make about our cities. Building a better understanding of how cities could change in the future, and being able to quickly and easily explore the impact of different policy and technology choices is essential if cities are to play a leading role in helping to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement.
Following the announcement that Edwin Lee, the Mayor of San Francisco has died, Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and Chair of C40 Cities and Mark Watts, Executive Director of C40 Cities have issued the following statements.
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and the Mayor of Bengaluru, Sampath Raj, today announced that London and Bengaluru will lead a global partnership of up to 20 other world cities on tackling air pollution in urban centres. The C40 Air Quality Network, will allow city leaders to share ideas, nurture innovation and drive ambition in the global effort to improve the quality of the air in cities worldwide.