The White House released a fact sheet today announcing a number of initiatives to increase energy efficiency measures in cities across the United States, and specifically called out the Compact of Mayors as a key effort to achieve President Obama’s goals.
Following the launch of the Encyclical Letter on the Care for Our Common Home, Laudato Si, and in the lead up to the Paris Climate Change Conference, COP21, Pope Francis today convened more than 60 local leaders from around the world - including 20 C40 Mayors - to discuss the pressing topics of climate change and sustainable development in cities.
Recently, at the World Summit Climate & Territories (WSCT) in Lyon, France, subnational and local governments and other non-state actors gathered to voice their most pressing concerns and priorities for global climate action. The event served as an international gathering for climate change leaders to set the agenda for the Paris Climate Conference, COP21, happening in December 2015.
Today, Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo and Michael R. Bloomberg, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, announced that they will co-chair the Climate Summit for Local Leaders, on December 4, 2015, during the Paris Climate Conference – COP21.
Today, C40 launched #CitiesAreKey, a new global social and digital ad campaign designed to amplify the leadership role of cities in the lead-up to the international COP21 climate negotiations in Paris in December. The campaign, announced via continuous ads on the iconic ‘Grand Screen’ digital billboard throughout the weeklong Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, will capitalize on key moments on the Road to Paris to spread global awareness about cities’ potential to help deliver emissions reductions necessary by 2020 to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius.
10 Years of Results – Mayors Voices: C40 Chair, Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes: “cities have committed actions – now we need funds”
I have some very important anniversaries to attend to this year. March 1st marks the 450th anniversary of the founding of Rio de Janeiro, while 2015 also sees the 10th anniversary of the creation of C40 and the first anniversary of my tenure as Chairman. As one might imagine, I am bursting with pride to lead the 450th birthday celebrations throughout the year – festivities and developments that will last until 2016, when we will welcome the Olympic family for the Games in August and September.