Connecting cities on topics of common interest

C40 networks are active working groups of C40 cities with commonly identified opportunities, interests or priorities. Networks are supported by C40 staff to facilitate knowledge transfer and peer-to-peer exchange, as well as to provide direct support to cities developing local policies, programmes or projects, often through managed partnerships.

Networks map
City representatives connect with one another on topics of common interest, as seen in the illustration above. Engagement in Networks is fluid and will change over time as the focus of the Network shifts or as the opportunity for action in a given city emerges.

Why Networks?

City officials can be bombarded with advice from constituents, advocates, experts, and consultants, representing various agendas and perspectives. But when faced with a challenge, one valuable type of advice is often forgotten: insight from another megacity official who has been in the same position. Such experience can help city officials perform their jobs faster, better, and smarter.

C40 Networks facilitate knowledge transfer and peer-to-peer exchange between individual city staff members responsible for implementation with the aim of sharing challenges, opportunities and best practices. Networks can also provide a platform for joint problem solving.

C40 helps establish regular communication for participating city officials through virtual exchange and in-person gatherings, and enables direct access to vital resources such as research, analytical tools, funding or financing, and technical expertise.

When this happens – when Networks connect city officials – the planet benefits.

Which Networks?

Networks are dynamic and nimble, responding to the changing needs and priorities of participating cities. C40 has established a data-driven approach to identify and launch networks, ensuring that resources are strategically deployed by mapping city priorities to focus areas with the greatest potential GHG and climate risk impact. Based on the outcomes of this analysis, C40’s efforts are focused into seven overarching initiative areas and associated networks that allow for support and collaboration among and between C40 cities. In most cases networks are chaired by a C40 city, with support from C40 staff.

Current Networks by Initiative Area