Press Release: UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres to Join C40 Mayors Summit

January 15, 2014 (New York, NY) – Today the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) announced that Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, will participate in the fifth biennial C40 Mayors Summit, leading a discussion on how the UN can play a greater role in working with megacities to advance their leading efforts on climate action. The C40 Mayors Summit will take place in Johannesburg February 4-6, 2014.

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, said:

"Cities and regions are a central component of the solution to climate change, given that more than half the global population lives in urban areas, which produce around 80% of energy-related emissions. Many mayors and governors already have clear, practical plans to reduce emissions and increase urban resilience. Billions of people in cities and regions need to be able to grasp the many opportunities of the low-carbon economy, as well as the urgent need to prepare for the inevitable impacts of climate change. As we approach 2015, now is the time for city leaders to interact more effectively with national governments, to ensure coherence in the design, and collaboration in the implementation of climate change policies and measures. Only by concertedly contributing to the growing groundswell of climate action can we meet the needs of current citizens and the expectations of future generations."

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