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In the face of sustainability challenges such as pollution, congestion, and inequality, the urban community proves resourceful in coming up with new and creative solutions. In an effort to provide a platform for cities/local governments to share and exchange their innovative experience – and ultimately to improve sustainability in the urban realm – United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), World Association of Major Metropolises, and City of Guangzhou established the Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation, or Guangzhou Award.
The C40 Waste to Resources Network is working with progressive cities looking to transition to a more sustainable management of materials and resources, with actions focused on reducing residual waste generation, prevention, reuse and recycling to keep valuable materials from entering the residual waste stream.
Today, C40 announced the 35 finalists competing in ten urban climate action categories for the fourth-annual C40 Cities Awards, sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies and BYD. The winners will be announced on December 1, 2016, at a ceremony in Mexico City, held alongside the sixth biennial C40 Mayors Summit.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh speaks on global challenge of climate change at U.S.-China Low-Carbon Cities Summit in Beijing
Note: The following text has been adapted from Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's speech today at The Second China-U.S. Climate-Smart Low-Carbon Cities Summit in Beijing.
Almost every country in the world is becoming more urban. We can say now, as much as ever, that cities are the future.
This is a trend—one of many—that is bringing China and the United States closer together. As we become more urban, we become more connected: through technology, through economic relations, through cultural exchange. Therefore as cities, we take on greater ability—and greater responsibility—to collaborate, to innovate, and to lead together on the world’s hardest challenges.
Together these two cities represent nearly 20 milion urban citizens.
Today, during the U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit in Los Angeles, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group announced the addition of Chinese megacities Guangzhou and Nanjing to its global network of cities tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces both greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, whilst increasing well-being for urban citizens.