- SmartCitiesWorld and C40 will collaborate on bringing city officials together to advance climate action planning and implementation
- A partnership agreement was signed on the fringes of the inaugural Cities Climate Action Summit, hosted by SmartCitiesWorld 18–20 April in London and online
- The partners will focus on urban climate finance and delivering special reports, case studies and additional resources to urban leaders
The MoU was signed at the in-person day of the inaugural SmartCitiesWorld Cities Climate Action Summit at County Hall, London, by SmartCitiesWorld CEO and Founder Chris Cooke and Andrea Fernández, C40 Managing Director of Climate Finance, Knowledge and Partnerships.
The collaboration between SmartCitiesWorld and C40 will focus on the importance of climate finance and bringing city officials together to advance climate action planning and implementation. C40 is also a partner in the Cities Climate Action Summit, which is a hybrid event taking place 18–20 April, 2023. Speakers at the event include Fernández as well as C40 Executive Director Mark Watts and Hélène Chartier, C40 Director of Urban Planning and Design.
Fernández said: “Cities are on the frontline of the climate crisis and are taking ambitious action to reduce their fair share of emissions, but they continue to face policy, technical and financial barriers. SmartCitiesWorld provides C40 an important platform to show case city climate leadership and successes, as well as raise awareness and enhance understanding of the challenges cities face – in particular related to accessing finance. C40 is pleased to collaborate with SmartCitiesWorld to develop and share knowledge on the critical issue of urban climate finance.”
Cooke said: “When we launched SmartCitiesWorld in 2016 we quickly recognised the important role C40 plays in so many of the areas that we cover and we share their passion and commitment in helping cities to become greener, more resilient and equitable places to live. The power of the network shows what can be accomplished when cities collaborate and we are delighted to join forces to build on what has been achieved so far. No single city or mayor has all of the answers and we have always seen our role as a platform that helps to share and scale knowledge, ideas and resources to tackle critical issues like climate breakdown.”
SmartCitiesWorld and C40 will collaborate on special reports, case studies and other resources on the subject of urban climate finance.