Videos: C40 Mayors Summit Plenary Sessions

Throughout the C40 Mayors Summit in Johannesburg (February 4-6, 2014), we have been fortunate to have Mayors, city officials, city experts and representatives of national and international organizations share with us the challenges and successes their cities have experienced. 

For those of you who were unable to join us in Johannesburg, we have captured many of the informative and engaging sessions that have happened over the last two days. Below, you can watch the six plenary sessions, which cover many of the major C40 themes.

For additional videos of the breakout sessions and interviews with mayors, please visit our YouTube channel. More videos will be added in the coming days and weeks.

Plenary Session 1: C40 Cities are Taking Measurable Action to Combat Climate Change & Release of the Climate Action In Megacities 2.0 Report

Opening Remarks: Michael R. Bloomberg, President, C40 Board & former Mayor, New York City
Presentation - Climate Action in Megacities 2.0: Mark Watts, Executive Director, C40
Plenary Session 1: Measure to Manage: Measurement & Data in Advancing City Climate Agendas

  • Mayor Eduardo Paes, City of Rio de Janeiro & Incoming C40 Chair
  • Mayor Annise Parker, City of Houston
  • Governing Mayor Stian Berger Røsland, City of Oslo
  • Andrew Steer, President & CEO, World Resources Institute
  • Moderator: Mark Watts, Executive Director, C40


Plenary Session 2: City Leadership and the International Climate Agenda 

Keynote Address: Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Plenary Session 2: Cities and a Global Climate Agreement

  • Michael Bloomberg, President, C40 Board and former Mayor, New York
  • Lord Mayor Frank Jensen, City of Copenhagen
  • Mayor Hernan Nuñez, City of Lima
  • Deputy Mayor Michal Olszewski, City of Warsaw
  • Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • Moderator: Dr. Rohit Aggarwala


Plenary Session 3: Climate Proofing the World’s Megacities: Building Adaptable and Livable Cities

  • Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb, City of Rotterdam
  • Mayor Debira Kuma, City of Addis Ababa
  • Mayor Michael Nutter, City of Philadelphia
  • Mayor Giorgio Orsoni, City of Venice
  • Mayor Ignazio Marino, City of Rome
  • Moderator: Adam Freed, Director Global Securing Water, The Nature Conservancy


Plenary Session 4: Healthier, Wealthier Cities: Linking Growth, Prosperity & Livability

  • Mayor Guy Morin, President of the Executive Council, Canton of Basel-Stadt, City of Basel
  • Executive Mayor Mpho Parks Tau, City of Johannesburg (Confirmed)
  • Mayor Gregor Robertson, City of Vancouver
  • Hon. Minister Trevor A. Manuel, MP Minister and Chairperson of the National Planning Commission, South Africa
  • Moderator: Jay Carson, Bloomberg Philanthropies


Plenary Session 5: Smart Planning & Infrastructure: Building Intelligent, Livable Cities & Neighbourhoods

  • Mayor Gustavo Fruet, City of Curitiba
  • Mayor Charlie Hales, City of Portland
  • Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera, Mexico City
  • Mayor Giuliano Pisapia, City of Milan
  • Moderator: Rodrigo Rosa, Special Advisor to the Mayor, City of Rio de Janeiro


Plenary Session 6: Setting Achievable and Actionable Targets for Urban Sustainability

Address: Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlements Programme 

  • Mayor Eduardo Paes, City of Rio de Janeiro & C40 Chair
  • Executive Mayor Mpho Parks Tau, City of Johannesburg
  • Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlements Programme
  • Moderator, Mark Watts, Executive Director, C40

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