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London, UK (23 May 2018) — The mayors of Accra, Ghana; Dhaka South, Bangladesh; Medellín, Colombia; Nanjing, China; and Quito, Ecuador have been elected Vice-Chairs of C40 Cities. Their election gives the cities a seat on the C40 Steering Committee, which provides strategic direction for the global network of 96 cities committed to take bold climate action and clean the air we breathe.
Representing over 700 million citizens and one-quarter of the global economy, mayors of the C40 cities are getting the job done, delivering concretely on the most ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement.
Mayors serving as Vice-Chairs on the C40 Steering Committee represent the geographically diverse members of the global network. Mayors of Accra, Dhaka South, Medellin, Nanjing and Quito, join Mayors of Boston, USA; Copenhagen, Denmark; Dubai, UAE; Durban, South Africa; Hong Kong, China; London, UK; Los Angeles, USA; Milan, Italy; Paris, France; Seoul, South Korea; and Tokyo, Japan to make up the sixteen member C40 Steering Committee.
“On behalf of all C40 mayors, it is my great pleasure to welcome Mayor Sowah, Mayor Khokon, Mayor Gutiérrez, Mayor Lan Shaomin, and Mayor Rodas as our newest C40 Vice-Chairs, said Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and Chair of C40. “Each of the great cities of Accra, Dhaka, Medellin, Nanjing and Quito have shown incredible leadership in shaping the future, inspiring neighbouring cities and mayors right around the world. I look forward to working with my fellow mayors as we think local and act global in implementing the Paris Agreement at the local level.”
“It is an honor and a great challenge for Medellín to be representative for Latin America of the C40 Steering Committee,” said Federico Gutierrez Zuluaga, Mayor of Medellin. “We have demonstrated real leadership in the development of mitigation and adaptation practices towards climate change, and from the position we assume, we will open a wide range of possibilities of progress in our region. We strongly believe that we are able to connect with territories which face similar obstacles and create sustainable changes in local environments. We face this new challenge with all the responsibility, for the present and the future of our city and the cities of Latin America.”
"I am very excited to be elected as the Vice-Chair from South and West Asia to the Steering Committee of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group,” said Mohammad Sayeed Khokon, Mayor of Dhaka South. “I look forward to joining Mayor Anne Hidalgo from Paris, the Chair of the Steering Committee and Secretary General Abdulla Al Basti from Dubai, the Vice Chair of the Steering Committee from South and West Asia in helping deliver C40’s mission. I will work towards bringing to the Steering Committee, the perspective of the global south cities on their path towards a sustainable and safer environment."