C40 in the News
United Nations University: Ethical Cities Are the Future
The second dimension relates to how various complex issues are understood by urban communities with reference to what makes a sustainable, healthy, resilient, safe, liveable, economically vibrant and inclusive city. Again, we have examples of cities coming together to work on these issues through major international collaborations such as the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), through the C40 initiative and the 100 Resilient Cities campaign funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.
The City Fix: How Cities Are Shaping International Relations
Cities worldwide have been forming their own associations and networks to enable collaboration on issues such as the environment, transport, energy efficiency, and economic development. For example, C40 is a network of approximately 70 major cities worldwide that have come together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions beyond national-level agreements. The impact of these agreements can be significant globally: C40 estimates that its member cities have the potential to reduce their future emissions by 1.3 billion tons by 2030—more than the total emissions of Mexico and Canada combined. C40 is currently chaired by the mayor of Rio de Janeiro and includes major cities—like Jakarta, London, and Buenos Aires—on every continent.
Financial Times: An International Order of Cities not States
"While nations debate over what to do about climate change the largest and most important cities are getting together and doing something about it. One such effort is the C40, a group of 75 major cities that gathers and exchanges data to enable concrete actions to tackle climate change. In thousands of ways, from energy efficient street lighting to improved public transportation, big cities are making a real difference on global warming." (OPINION: Ivo Daalder)
Momentum Mag: Seoul, South Korea’s Burgeoning Bike Culture
Seoul’s Weekly No Driving Day program has decreased traffic by 3.7 percent, and has reduced C02 vehicle emissions by 10 percent, according to the climate organization C40.
Citiscope: A key moment for world cities — but are nation states listening?
“We were really shouting into the wind 10 years ago, that mayors had any serious role to play in tackling climate change,” Watts says. “It just wasn’t taken seriously by national governments.” ... A major city role is central, Watts argues: “Just 500 cities in the world, including all of our C40 members, will be responsible for 60 percent of GDP growth and 50 percent of carbon-emission growth on a business-as-usual trajectory.” All that, he asserts, “tells you it would be crazy if the role of cities were not central to the climate negotiations.”
CleanTechnica: C40 Initiative Will Help Developing Cities Access Climate Funds
The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, an independent philanthropy based in London, is partnering with the C40 to launch a creditworthiness academy that these cities can attend to boost their credit ratings to a point of acceptable risk for lenders. CIFF’s interest stems from its view that climate change poses the single largest threat to the future health and lifestyle of today’s children.
City University of Hong Kong: International grant for climate change governance
The aim of the [project] is to investigate how alternative forms of governance, that is climate networks, rather than state actors alone, can collaborate transnationally on ways to mitigate climate change and produce transformational policy. “It’s about understanding how local networks that stretch across borders are created,” Dr Francesch explained. “How, why and to what effect can these networks help to build consensus and share best practice at the local level.” The project takes inspiration from the work of the C40 Cities Climate Change Leadership, a network between several of the world’s major cities that are taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
McKinsey: Building the cities of the future with green districts
Citiscope: New initiative aims for credit ratings in eight developing cities
The World Bank estimates that only 4 percent of cities in the largest developing nations have international credit ratings, Only one-fifth have domestic credit scores, C40 notes. That means barriers to funding that could pay for transit systems, energy and water infrastructure and other improvements.
Trade Arabia: C40 launches city credit rating to fund projects
The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and the Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) launched a new Creditworthiness Network to help selected cities achieve a credit rating in order to finance climate-related projects. The programme will kick-off with a Creditworthiness Academy in Amman, Jordan - a five-day workshop hosted by the Greater Amman Municipality and delivered in partnership with the World Bank.