C40 in the News
Citiscope: U.N. strengthens opportunity for cities to offer climate pledges
“Successful action on greenhouse gas emissions requires nations to agree a new climate treaty at COP 21 in Paris, but it is equally clear that major action by cities and other non-state actors will be required to put the world on a path to climate safety,” Mark Watts, the executive director of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a key network of cities mobilizing around climate issues, said following the new site’s launch.
Times of India: Mahindra business city to be carbon-positive
Mahindra World City Jaipur (MWCJ), spread across 3,000 acres on the Delhi-Mumbai corridor, has become the first project in Asia -and sixth in the world -to commit to a carbon-positive road map as part of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a global network of large cities taking action to address climate change.
Geographical: Humanity's ‘enormous opportunity’
Lord Nicholas Stern is not one to mince his words. The author of the 2006 report The Economics of Climate Change: The Stern Review believes we are at a ‘tipping point’ regarding action on climate change, and we find ourselves presented with what he calls an ‘enormous opportunity’ – which we can either ‘take, or lose’...He also mentioned the dramatic changes which took place in New York during Michael Bloomberg’s tenure as mayor, as well as the C40 network of major cities taking action on climate change. ‘So you’re seeing that kind of movement, but not fast enough.
Huffington Post: How Cities Are Key to Curbing Climate Change
Park Won-soon, Mayor of Seoul, South Korea - The Seoul Action Plan was announced, which aims to: strengthen existing city networks such as ICLEI, C40 and the United Cities and Local Governments; set up target goals to curb urban emissions by implementing and motivating greater city participation in the Compact of Mayors; and embody further city commitments, including climate action plans and wider support for capacity development.
Cities Today: All eyes on Paris
This year, the iconic French capital has the opportunity not only to host the world's national leaders, but also to make history in the way it engages with fellow megacities in creating solutions to climate issues.
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.”