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Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo Elected as New C40 Chair

C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group announced today in Rio de Janeiro that Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has been elected to succeed Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes as C40 Chair. The C40 Steering Committee elected her unanimously to the position, where she will provide strategic direction and governance to the organization. “C40 member cities are determining the…

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan on his climate change priorities

Climate change is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, risk to London.  I want to put our city at the leading edge of the fight against this risk. But London can’t take on this challenge alone. That’s why I have joined forces with leaders of world cities to find ways that we can…

Collaboration in Action: Mayors and city leaders gather in Singapore to discuss innovative urban solutions

Yesterday, C40 and the Singapore National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS) held an event at the World Cities Summit (WCS) 2016, a global platform for government leaders and industry experts to address liveable and sustainable city challenges and forge new partnerships. “From Ambition to Action: The Vital Role of Cities in Achieving the Paris Agreement” drew together…

Why cooperation, sharing and co-creating are key to solving climate crisis

By Morten Kabell, Mayor of Technical and Environmental Affairs of Copenhagen Cooperation. Including our citizens. Getting the companies on board. These are all ways that we – that I – have talked about partnerships and cooperation in the past. Yet there has always been a tiny bit of doubt hovering in the back of my mind. This…

Financing the green revolution in cities – supporting C40 cities to overcome the finance barrier

By James Alexander, Head of C40 Finance and Economic Development Initiative Across the world, mayors of C40 member cities are developing their visions for a low carbon future. Yet they frequently report, as revealed in C40’s Unlocking Climate Action in Megacities report, that a lack of access to finance is one of the biggest barriers preventing cities…

Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore on a bold new plan for a green and resilient future

By Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney This week, the City of Sydney agreed on ambitious new targets for 50 per cent of electricity used in the local area to come from renewable energy by 2030, and for net zero emissions by 2050. We have already committed to our long-term vision, Sustainable Sydney 2030, a program to…

7,100 Cities From 119 Countries Join Together in Historic Collaboration to Accelerate Climate Action

By Mark Watts, Executive Director, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group & Gino Van Begin, Secretary General, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Note: this article was originally published on EcoWatch When UN Secretary-General Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change Michael R. Bloomberg suggested creating a Compact of Mayors to mirror the UN program for…

Compact of Mayors and EU Covenant of Mayors launch largest global coalition of cities committed to fighting climate change

Today, the world’s two primary city-led climate change and energy initiatives, the EU Covenant of Mayors and the Compact of Mayors, announced the formation of a new, first-of-its-kind global initiative of cities and local governments leading in the fight against climate change. This single initiative will create the largest global coalition of cities committed to…

Chinese and American cities share united vision of a low-carbon, climate-resilient future

By Mark Watts, Executive Director, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group The United States of America and China are responsible for over one third of global greenhouse gas emissions. This month mayors and other urban leaders representing more than 60 Chinese and U.S. cities, gathered in Beijing at the second U.S.-China Climate-Smart Low-Carbon Cities Summit. These…

C40’s Executive Director Mark Watts on how mayors are changing the way we think about food

This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post.  Citizens in most of the world’s cities might expect their mayor to take responsibility for collecting waste, running public transport, or regulating new development, but they might not consider food to be an issue for urban local government. Yet in October 2015, when Mayor of Milan Giuliano Pisapia…

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 2015 C40 Cities Award Winners’ Circle

The 2015 C40 Cities Awards ceremony, held in Paris during the landmark COP21 climate negotiations, showcased the best and most innovative climate actions taking place in the world’s cities. Mayors, city officials and thought leaders from around the world gathered to celebrate successful projects and plans, share their stories and knowledge, voice their ideas, and…

Financing Sustainable Global Cities of the Future

By Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, Mayor of Warsaw, Poland This article originally appeared on Huffington Post.  Today I am speaking at the Chicago Forum on Global Cities on a panel called Financing the Global City, where fellow panelists and I will discuss various approaches to financing sustainable infrastructure and the need for collaboration with other levels of government and…

Director of UN SDSN Jeffrey Sachs: We need “long-term plans” to tackle climate change

Earlier this month, 700 leaders from around the world convened in Washington, D.C. to discuss the future of climate action at the Climate Action 2016 Summit. Global thought leaders – including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change Michael R. Bloomberg, Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and French Minister of…

C40 launches new report showcasing obstacles and solutions to climate action in cities

For the first time, representatives from more than 80 of the world’s largest cities have revealed the barriers that are limiting their ambitions to tackle climate change, in a new analysis released today by C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40). Unlocking Climate Action in Megacities also presents a corresponding set of innovative and replicable solutions to overcome…