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Celebrating 10 Years of Results

Mark Watts, C40 Executive Director kicks off our 10th anniversary year. In 2005, then-Mayor of London Ken Livingstone brought together 18 mayors from some of the world’s largest urban centers to determine how they could work together to cut carbon emissions and lead on global climate action. It was prompted by Mayor Livingstone’s own efforts…

Mayors Voices: The Hon. Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor, Melbourne on the city’s award winning citizen engagement efforts

Like every other city in the world, Melbourne is facing the impacts of population growth, environmental change and financial constraints. The decisions we make now will affect our community well into the future. These are important issues and no government is adopting a ‘business as usual’ approach to the allocation and prioritisation of resources within…

C40 Voices: Mark Watts, Executive Director on key elements to a sustainable low carbon city

At the recent ‘Copenhagen – Paris: A roadmap to COP21’ event, C40 Executive Director Mark Watts shared the following remarks. Cities are where the battle to prevent climate change will be won or lost. Indeed, the pattern of development followed by a small number of leading cities will likely determine whether or not it is…

Mayors Voices: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on How Cities Can Help U.S. & China Meet Climate Goals

United States President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping recently signed an historic deal setting the groundwork for both countries to make significant strides to halt global climate change*. The deal represents unprecedented collaboration between the two nations on climate, yet the agreement does not outline a comprehensive plan to achieve the agreed-upon reductions…

Year in Review 2014: Cities Take Center Stage in Global Climate Conversation

2014 saw cities take their place as major players in the global fight against climate change, widely recognized as a critical part of the solution and, particularly, as key partners to nations working to forge a new universal climate agreement in Paris 2015. For C40, this year’s highlights include the addition of seven new member…

Expert Voices: John Elkington, co-founder and Executive Chairman of Volans, on why city mayors are the ambassadors for the future

An ambassador, said Sir Henry Wotton, who practiced the art in the 1600s, “is an honest gentleman sent to lie abroad for the good of his country.” Catchy, but three things strike me as questionable about this attempt to distil the essence of diplomacy. First, the foreign services of a growing number of nations are…

First Global Standard Launched to Measure City Greenhouse Gas Emissions & Support Compact of Mayors

Today at COP20 in Lima, C40 and partners World Resources Institute (WRI) and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) released the first widely endorsed standard for cities to measure and report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, called the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC). By providing a framework for credible emissions…

C40 Voices: James Alexander, Head of Finance & Economic Development Initiative, on Toronto’s Innovative Investment in Urban Climate Solutions

Sharing good practice in city green funds is one areas of focus for C40’s Sustainable Infrastructure Finance Network.  Following webinars featuring the cities of Amsterdam, London and New York, the Network recently hosted Julia Langer, Chief Executive of Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF). Julia presented the Fund’s fascinating work of using a small endowment to create,…

The Nature Conservancy & C40 Release Urban Water Blueprint

Today, The Nature Conservancy released a report analyzing the state of water resources for 530 cities worldwide. The report – Urban Water Blueprint: Mapping Conservation Solutions to the Global Water Challenge – and interactive websitewere done in partnership with C40 and the International Water Association, and offer recommendations for how to revitalize strained water resources…

In Conversation: C40’s Johanna Partin leads discussion with USDN and the Cities of London & Curitiba

For the second year in a row, C40 and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) teamed up to bring a couple of international C40 cities to USDN’s annual meeting, held last month in Houston. C40’s Regional Director for North America, Johanna Partin, sat down with select participants to get their thoughts on the exchange. Johanna…

12 cities and 12 hundred participants gather in Rotterdam to talk deltas and climate change

Last month, concurrent with the UN Climate Summit, twelve C40 cities and more than 1200 people gathered in Rotterdam to attend the Second Deltas in Times of Climate Change Conference, supported by C40. Representatives from Tokyo, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, Melbourne, New Orleans, Copenhagen, London, Venice, and Washington DC joined their…

C40’s Mark Watts: Can Cities Carry the Weight of the World?

Response Magazine, a publication of pre-eminent engineering firm Ramboll, recently included C40 Executive Director Mark Watts in both a feature story and exclusive Q&A. The issue focuses on resource optimization, particularly how city officials and other decision-makers can ensure an approach that will sustain future generations. In an article entitled “Call for Action: Cities Stepping…

C40 Teams Up with Ford Foundation on New ‘Compact & Connected’ Cities Network

With funding from the Ford Foundation, C40 is launching our newest C40 network on ‘Compact and Connected’ Cities, which will focus on making cities more accessible through transit oriented development plans. The network is designed to help cities share best practices from around the world and access tools and technical expertise needed to reduce urban…

London Could Become a National Park … Sign Up to Be a Founder!

Sign-up now to show your support in making London a national park in Britain—and be entered into the list of its founders!

C40 Makes a Splash During Climate Week

During Climate Week NYC, C40 garnered major media coverage around our activities and announcements, and we thought we’d share some highlights. Cities were a major player during the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit on Tuesday of Climate Week, where C40 and partners announced Compact of Mayorsand released new data on both the emissions reductions global cities have already…