Chair of the C40

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Rio de Janeiro City Mayor Eduardo Paes is the current chairperson of the C40.

A Strong Advocate for Cities

The Chair is the elected leader of the organisation. A strong advocate for the role of cities in addressing climate change, the Chair brings both expertise and resources to bear on the work of the C40 organisation, strengthening the network of cities in pursuit of its common goals. The Chairmanship is a rotating position, which has been held to date by the following C40 City Mayors:

  • Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes (2013-present)
  • New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (2010-2013)
  • Toronto Mayor David Miller (2008-2010)
  • London Mayor Ken Livingstone (2005-2008)

Former C40 Chair, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is President of the C40 Board of Directors.

Eduardo Paes Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Born in Rio de Janeiro on November 14, 1969, Mayor Eduardo Paes is a Law School graduate from PUC-Rio University. He has dedicated his entire career to public service, starting in 1993 when he was appointed deputy mayor of the Jacarépaguá and Barra districts in Rio at the age of 23. In 1996, he was elected Alderman and went on to be elected to the Federal Chamber of Deputies in 1998. In 2000, he was appointed Rio´s Municipal Environmental Secretary where he refined his knowledge of environmental issues. During his second mandate as a representative in Congress, in 2007, Paes was named Secretary of State for Tourism, Sport and Leisure and helped in the organization of the Pan American Games that were held in Rio. A year later, Mayor Paes was elected Mayor of Rio de Janeiro and on, October 7th 2012, he was re-elected in the first round for a second term.

Mayor Paes has led a comprehensive transformation of the city of Rio, addressing many structural challenges. His administration was able to achieve good results on education based on the permanent monitoring and evaluation of the students´ learning progress. The program “Schools of Tomorrow” has shown consistent evolution, targeting stronger education in low-income areas of the city, among other initiatives. On Health, the Mayor has promoted a large expansion of primary care, increasing this coverage by more than seven times since the beginning of his administration, and currently includes 1.6 million people. Regarding mobility, he is promoting the largest expansion of mass transportation in the history of the city, with the construction of 152 km of Bus Rapid Transit lines as well as a complete reformulation in urban mobility, adding express corridors and bicycle lanes. Mayor Paes has focused on addressing long-term environmental issues. During his administration, the Gramacho landfill, one of largest environmental liabilities in Rio´s metropolitan area was replaced by the Seropédica waste treatment center, helping to avoid pollution and carbon emissions. With sustainable urban development as a priority, the social housing program Morar Carioca benefits the low income communities of Rio de Janeiro and won the Siemens Sustainable Community award in 2013.

The city has also increased its resilience under Mayor Paes tenure, symbolized by the implementation of the Rio de Janeiro Operations Center in 2010, a partnership with the private sector on the smart cities concept, making it one of the world´s most modern operations centers, where over 30 agencies and municipal departments are integrated 24 hours a day and seven days a week; coordinating all municipal operations, from traffic control to weather analysis. In addition, Mayor Paes began an ambitious project to revitalize the port area of Rio: the “Porto Maravilha” - the largest PPP in Brazil - involves the recovery of a major abandoned urban downtown area of more than 5 million sq m. Investments worth four billion dollars are now regenerating the quayside area, transforming it into a center for business, tourism and leisure.

Good management practices implemented in the Paes administration has earned Rio de Janeiro international recognition. The city, having earned investment grade rating from respected rating agencies, was identified as one of the best cities that responded to the international financial crisis and was the first in the world to enter into a credit transaction directly with the World Bank for economic and social development. As mayor, Eduardo Paes was one of the leaders of the campaign that won Rio de Janeiro the right to host the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, the first Games to be held in South America. Today, in partnership with the State and Federal Governments, he is working hard to ensure that major international events leave an important sustainable legacy for the city and improve the quality of life for all Cariocas (residents of Rio).

All that effort was recognized by C40 cities and in 2013, Mayor Paes was elected unanimously as the C40 Climate Leadership Chair following the successful tenure of Mayor Bloomberg of New York City. Eduardo Paes received the Innovator Award Cycle Mayor 2009/2010. The initiative, sponsored by the Competitive Brazil Movement (MBC), Microsoft Brazil, Brazil and Symnetics Intel recognizes the application of good management practices in the municipal public service. The city of Rio recently won the World Smart City Award in 2013 at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona.

Mayor Paes outlines vision for C40

Eduardo Paes is married with two children. He is fluent in English and Spanish. For additional information, please click here.

Rodrigo Rosa Special Advisor to the C40 Chair

Rodrigo Rosa is the Special Advisor to the C40 Chair and the executive representative of the City of Rio de Janeiro in the C40 Climate Leadership Group. He represents the Chair in situations when Mayor Paes cannot participate himself. Since 2009, Rodrigo has been serving as Special Advisor to the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, on sustainability and innovation policies. Currently he leads the strategic initiatives in the Office of the Mayor which include the Rio Low Carbon City Development Program, a partnership between the City of Rio and World Bank, as well as climate change and resilience actions. Rodrigo also leads strategic international relations partnerships for the City of Rio. In 2010, Mr. Rosa was appointed by Mayor Paes as Executive-Coordinator in the Municipality in the Working Group to organize the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit Rio+20 as well as Coordinator of the GRI Report (Global Reporting Initiative) amongst other activities. Mr. Rosa was also one of the collaborators of the Municipal Legislation on Climate Change, adopted in 2011 by City Council. Starting his career as a business journalist and economic analyst for major newspapers in Brazil, Rodrigo Rosa also worked as a legislative consultant in Congress prior to his work at Rio de Janeiro City Hall. He is, currently, doing his PhD in Environmental and Energy Planning at Coppe/Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He holds a Master in Economics of Public Sector and a Bachelor degree in Journalism at the University of Brasilia and a Master Business Executive in Environmental Management at the University of Rio de Janeiro.

Rohit T. Aggarwala Special Advisor to Mayors Eduardo Paes and Michael Bloomberg

Rohit T. "Rit" Aggarwala is an environmental policy expert, transportation planner, and historian. He currently serves as Special Advisor to Mayors Eduardo Paes and Michael R. Bloomberg in their capacities as Chair and President of the Board of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, respectively. From 2006 to 2010, Aggarwala was the Director of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability for the City of New York. In that role, he served as the chief environmental policy advisor to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, and led the development and implementation of New York City's sustainability plan, PlaNYC: A Greener, Greater New York. Mayor Bloomberg called him "the brains behind PlaNYC." Aggarwala's achievements included the passage into law of a landmark set of mandates that will make all large buildings in New York City more energy efficient, by requiring benchmarking, periodic energy audits and operations tune-ups, widespread lighting retrofits, and submetering for commercial tenants. He also led the effort to make New York City's 13,000 yellow taxis convert to hybrids, clean up the heating oil used in New York City's buildings, and develop a greener construction code for New York. He was also one of the architects of Mayor Bloomberg's effort to bring congestion pricing to Manhattan, and served as the mayor's point person on Building America's Future, a coalition the mayor created with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California and Governor Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania. He has testified before the New York City Council, the New York State Assembly, and the United States Congress. Prior to joining the Bloomberg Administration, Aggarwala was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he mainly served clients in the transportation and logistics industry in the United States and Europe. In addition to work at the New York State Assembly and the Virginia Railway Express, he began his career at the Federal Railroad Administration.