Last week, the City of Johannesburg, with C40 and Arup, hosted Climate Action in Megacities, a side-event to the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) in Durban. With this round of climate talks now over, we hear from C40’s own Simon Reddy on the growing momentum behind an alternative approach that centers on cities.
C40 Chair New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg delivered today a keynote speech on new priorities for the Rio+20 conference during the Ford Foundation’s Forum on Sustainable and Just Cities hosted in conjunction with the United Nations.
We had the pleasure of attending the C40 side event in Durban last week as a guest of Simon Reddy Executive Director of C40. At the event Simon and a great group of speakers made it clear that Cities are leading the way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change. As observed in the outcome of the Durban Climate Talks, countries are slow to commit to legally binding reduction targets. It’s cities that are moving forward without national or international mandates in order to save the planet’s climate.
The City of Dhaka has advanced international dialogue on climate change by recently hosting two significant events: the Climate Vulnerable Forum and an International Seminar on Climate Change and the Role of Local Government.