Singapore Joins C40 in Historic Agreement
C40 Chair, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong have announced today an agreement bringing Singapore into the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group’s network of global cities taking action on climate change. Singapore is the first addition to the C40 network since Mayor Bloomberg became C40 Chair in 2011.
"I am pleased to welcome Singapore into the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group,” Mayor Bloomberg said. “I believe Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his sustainability leadership have much to offer our network of global cities. Our members are implementing real actions to combat the impacts of global climate change – and are sharing their experiences and expertise with the network. So I also believe Singapore, and its people, will benefit greatly from their participation."
PHOTO: C40 Chair, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong announce an agreement bringing Singapore into the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.
Singapore was invited to join the C40 in recognition of its achievements in sustainable development and as a global city with a proven record in achieving economic growth and environment sustainability. Due to its unique circumstances as a city-state, Singapore will participate as an observer and will not be party to the communiqué issued by the C40 group. Singapore’s involvement in the C40 will allow Singapore to share its experience on sustainable development and to learn best practices and engage major cities around the world. This is in line with Singapore’s vision to be a climate change resilient global city that is well-positioned for green growth.
"Singapore and its leaders long have shown their leadership in building a sustainable economy, and I'm pleased that Singapore now is joining efforts with our climate initiative," said President Clinton, whose Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) Cities program works in an aligned partnership with C40. "This should demonstrate beyond doubt the urgency of addressing climate change and the economic opportunities it presents."
Under the agreement, C40 and Singapore will work together towards the shared goals of reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and supporting adaptation measures to avoid the harmful impacts of climate change. This will include participation in C40 initiatives as well as the development of case studies to facilitate the exchange of knowledge with other cities. For example, C40 has expressed interest in Singapore’s experience in areas such as land transport and water management. Singapore is interested in learning from the best practices of C40 cities in areas such as developing low carbon strategies and deploying solutions to reduce emissions.
To read the full press release issued by the National Climate Change Secretariat, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore, click here.