Press Release: C40 Latin American Mayors Forum Shows Region Driving Global Climate Action

Buenos Aires, Argentina (March 27, 2015): Today, Latin American mayors convened in Buenos Aires at the C40 Latin American Mayors Forum to demonstrate bold leadership in the global fight against climate change. Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri, Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera and former President of México and Chair of the Global Commission on the Economy Felipe Calderón joined C40 Chair and Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes in announcing both the C40 City Clean Bus Declaration of Intent and a Latin American Cities Declaration on the Compact of Mayors, which is the world’s largest cooperative effort among mayors to fight global climate change and its effects.

“By taking these decisive steps here today, Latin American cities are leading the way in driving urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health, wellbeing and economic opportunities of urban citizens,” said C40 Chair and Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes. “Mayors, through networks such as the C40, are learning from each other, exchanging ideas and thereby accelerating local action on the ground. Today's event is testament to this promising trend.”

Latin American cities have enormous potential to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions – C40 research indicates that taken together they could cut emissions by 2,500 MtCO2 by 2030, or the equivalent of taking 526 million cars off the road.

To view the Declaration on the Compact of Mayors, click here.

To view the Declaration on Clean Buses, visit our Low Emission Vehicles Network page here.

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