Eduardo Paes has been the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro since 2008 and is currently in his third term. As mayor, Mr. Paes oversaw a cycle of great events in Rio de Janeiro, from the Rio+20 Conference in 2012, through the 2014 FIFA World Cup to the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, which accelerated major transportation, infrastructure and urban renewal projects in the city.

Mayor Paes served as Chair of the C40 Cities between 2013-2016, succeeding Mayor Bloomberg of New York City. 

In 2023 he joined the Board of the Resilient Cities Network (R-Cities) and co-chairs the Urban SDG Finance Commission. He is currently the Vice-president of the Brazilian Conference of Mayors and its Special Envoy for Climate Change.