Rio + C40: Megacity Mayors Taking Action on Climate Change

June 19, 2012 - June 23, 2012 Fort of Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Official Side Event to Rio+20, United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development
Co-hosted by the City of Rio de Janeiro and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

June 19, 2012, 10 am – 6 pm

Together with the City of Rio de Janeiro, C40 is hosting Mayors of C40 Cities from around the world for a day-long event to highlight the actions local governments are taking to promote sustainable development in the urban environment.

A series of roundtable discussions will bring C40 Mayors together with technical experts to demonstrate how cities have adopted meaningful climate change policies and to evidence even greater commitment to our goals – further underscoring the clear link between cities’ climate actions and the larger global objectives of sustainable communities and climate resilience. The full agenda is available here or below.

With global leadership in attendance, C40 Chair Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor Eduardo Paes of Rio de Janeiro, and other C40 Mayors will make an environmental commitment on behalf of C40 cities. In addition, this event will feature a united call by cities to national governments and international organizations to work more collaboratively with cities to foster action at the local level.

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AGENDA
Rio + C40: Megacity Mayors Taking Action on Climate Change
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Auditorium, Humanidade 2012 - Forte de Copacabana

Opening Ceremony & Announcements (10:00 AM – 11:00 AM BRT)

Participants include: 

  • Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, C40 Chair, City of New York
  • Former President William J. Clinton (via Satellite)
  • Secretary Lisa Jackson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Rachel Kyte, The World Bank
  • Mayor Eduardo Paes, City of Rio de Janeiro
  • Mayor Gustavo Petro, City of Bogotá
  • Mayor Mauricio Macri, City of Buenos Aires
  • Mayor Luciano Ducci, City of Curitiba
  • Lord Mayor Eckart Wuerzner, City of Heidelberg
  • Mayor Kadir Topbas, City of Istanbul
  • Executive Mayor Mpho Franklyn Tau, City of Johannesburg
  • Governor Babatunde Fashola, City of Lagos
  • Mayor Gilberto Kassab, City of São Paulo 
  • Mayor Won Soon Park, City of Seoul
  • Todd Sterns, Climate and Clean Air Coalition

Roundtable Conversation #1: Governance, Advocacy, and Institutional Framework on Sustainable Development (11:25 AM – 12:35 PM BRT) 

This roundtable conversation will focus on the importance of local governance and commitment to collective action in the fight against climate change and the promotion of sustainable urban development, highlighting the leadership C40 Mayors demonstrate in this space.

Participants include:

  • Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, C40 Chair, City of New York
  • Mayor Eduardo Paes, City of Rio de Janeiro
  • Mayor Park Won Soon, City of Seoul
  • Executive Mayor Tau Mpho Franklyn, City of Johannesburg
  • Rohit T. Aggarwala, Senior Policy Advisor to the Chair of C40 Cities

Moderator: To Be Announced

Roundtable Conversation #2: Green Growth & Poverty Eradication (2:20 PM – 3:20 PM BRT) 

This session will focus on the importance of planning strategically, ensuring that our climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts are also a means to drive the green economy and poverty eradication.

Participants include:

  • Mayor Gustavo Petro, City of Bogotá
  • Mayor Mauricio Macri, City of Buenos Aires
  • Mayor Gilberto Kassab, City of São Paulo

Moderator: John Lyons, Latin America Correspondent, Wall Street Journal

Roundtable Conversation #3: Climate Adaptation and Risk Assessment (3:20 PM – 4:20 PM BRT)

This session will focus on the importance of climate change adaptation and risk assessment for C40 cities. A brief showcase presentation will focus on how the City of Rio de Janiero’s Operations Center helps the city to monitor and manage climate change adaptation.

Participants include:

  • Lord Mayor Eckart Wuerzner, City of Heidelberg
  • Mayor Kadir Topbas, City of Istanbul (TBC)
  • Governor Babatunde Fashola, City of Lagos

Moderator: To Be Announced

Closing Plenary (4:50 PM – 5:50 PM)

This session will provide a forum for C40 and other organizations to discuss our collective commitment to addressing climate change. It will also highlight the importance of improving communication and coordination between cities and those at the national level.

Participants include:

  • Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, C40 Chair, City of New York
  • Mayor Kadir Topbas, UCLG President, City of Istanbul
  • Mayor Fortunati, Official Representative of Metropolis Network President, City of Porto Alegreo
  • David Cadman, ICLEI President
  • Lamia Kamal-Chaoui, Head of Urban Development Program, OECD & Advisor to the OECD Secretary-General on Cities