Governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike and Mayor of Durban, Zandile Gumede, have been elected vice-chairs of the C40 after becoming members of the Steering Committee, the governing body that provides strategic direction for our network of mega-cities committed to action on climate change. The election of two women leaders comes just weeks ahead of the handover of the role of C40 chair to Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo.
Mayors serving as Vice Chairs on the C40 Steering Committee represent the geographically diverse members of the global network. Governor Koike will represent Asian cities and Mayor Gumede will represent African cities. Tokyo and Durban join Amman, Boston, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Jakarta, London, Milan, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, and Seoul.
“The large cities of the world play an important role in promoting measures against climate change, and expectations are also growing toward the actions taken by C40,” said Governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike. “As a member of the Steering Committee, I will strive to contribute to C40 and the world’s transition to low carbon.”
“It is a great privilege to be elected to represent African cities within the C40 network,” said Mayor of Durban, Zandile Gumede. The challenge of climate change is truly global and every city, country and continent must play our part in tackling it.”
The next convening of the C40 Steering Committee will take place at the C40 Mayors Summit, the foremost global gathering of mayors of the world’s megacities and climate change experts, in Mexico City November 30 – December 2, 2016.
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