C40 Mayors Summit Morning Preview – February 6

Good morning everyone! Yesterday we enjoyed the first full day of the C40 Mayors Summit, where mayors and city officials from around the world convened in Johannesburg for the first of two busy days of meetings, working sessions, and updates from C40.

We kicked off the morning with welcome addresses, followed by a presentation on the newly-released Climate Action in Megacities 2.0 by C40 Executive Director Mark Watts. A panel discussion followed discussing the role of measurement and data in advancing city climate agendas.

Major news was also released yesterday, including the launch of the new C40 City Directors Program, the expansion of C40 to include three new African cities, the signing by 40 C40 mayors of a letter from Mayor Eduardo Paes to UN Habitat on adding an urban development goal, Houston’s commitment to further reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and others.

Yesterday also featured a keynote address, followed by a panel discussion, with UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres. The topic was the role of cities in the international climate agenda. In the afternoon, cities attended working sessions for their networks, and the day closed with a panel discussion on “climate proofing” cities lead by the Mayors of Addis Ababa, Rotterdam, Venice and Philadelphia, and moderated by Adam Freed of The Nature Conservancy. In an unfortunate example of the content of the panel, Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino was unable to attend due to extreme flooding in Rome.

Today begins out with addresses from C40 Chair Mayor Eduardo Paes and C40 Executive Director Mark Watts. Later, there will be a panel discussion on the Healthier, Wealthier Cities report released by C40 and CDPlast June, which detailed how cities investing in climate change action are also experiencing economic and public health benefits. A later panel session will highlight gains made in smart planning and green urban infrastructure led by the Mayors of Curitiba, Portland, Mexico City and Milan, and moderated by Special Advisor to Mayor Paes, Rodrigo Rosa.

Today will also feature two additional working sessions where cities will be sharing best practices on recent climate action work.  And to conclude the day’s events  Mayor Paes will present a letter – signed by 40 other C40 mayors  – to Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlements Programme calling for an urban-focused goal to be added to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

A full agenda for the day is below – and be sure to tune in via livestream!


8:30 – 8:35           Welcome: Mayor Eduardo Paes, City of Rio de Janeiro & C40 Chair            (watch livestream here)

8:35 - 8:50            C40 Executive Director’s Report: Mark Watts, Executive Director, C40                     (watch livestream here)

8:50 - 9:50            Plenary Session 4: Healthier, Wealthier Cities: Linking Growth, Prosperity & Livability       (watch livestream here)

10:05 – 11:15      Network Breakout Session 2

A. Climate Risk Assessment

B. Ports

C. Measurement & Reporting

D. Sustainable Infrastructure Finance


11:30 - 12:30       Plenary Session 5: Smart Planning & Infrastructure: Building Intelligent, Livable Cities & Neighbourhoods                (watch livestream here)

13:45 – 14:55      Network Breakout Sessions 3

A. Building Energy Efficiency

B. Connecting Delta Cities

C. Transportation Demand Management

D. Intelligent City Infrastructure

E. City Of Johannesburg Session

15:10 – 15:50      Plenary Session 6: Setting Achievable and Actionable Targets for Urban Sustainability     (watch livestream here)

15:50 – 16:00      Closing: Executive Mayor Mpho Parks Tau, City of Johannesburg & Mayor Eduardo Paes, City of Rio de Janeiro & C40 Chair         (watch livestream here)


As always, be sure to follow @c40cities on Twitter, and follow the conversation with hashtags #ycities and #JoburgC40.