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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…

IPCC to Give Cities Special Focus

A successful #CitiesIPCC campaign by city networks and urban stakeholders has resulted in a decision by the IPCC to pay special attention to cities in its work programme towards 2028. Building on the success of COP21, this decision adds to the engagement of cities in tackling climate change and provides new opportunities for collaboration among cities, states and the…

Mayors, city networks and urban stakeholders worldwide call for an IPCC Special Report on Cities and Climate Change

Over 25 organisations have now joined forces to show their support for the Special Report proposal, to be decided during the IPCC 43rd Session in Nairobi on April 11-13  Cities are already facing the impacts of climate change and are highly vulnerable to a range of climate hazards, including sea level rise, street flooding, landslides, droughts, epidemics and…

Compact and connected cities are better for people and the environment

The argument has been proven, the data is clear: compact and connected cities are better for people and the environment. Importantly, compact and connected cities are also good for the economy. According to a report by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, urban sprawl costs the US economy over $1 trillion dollars per…

Creating a Common Narrative for Financing a Sustainable Urban Future

By Mark Watts, Executive Director of C40, Ani Dasgupta, Global Director of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, and Brandee McHale, President of the Citi Foundation and Director of Corporate Citizenship at Citi Good ideas that get cities results are worth replicating. Sounds simple enough. But when it comes to scaling up and investing in sustainable urban solutions,…

Now is the moment for an IPCC Special Report on Cities and Climate Change

On April 11 – 13, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will meet in Nairobi to decide on its work programme for the next reporting cycle. This includes a shortlist of Special Reports to be delivered in the upcoming years; among 27 proposals is the suggestion for an IPCC Special Report on Cities and Climate Change, submitted by…

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille on a more ambitious climate change agenda

Climate change is one of the most significant challenges facing our planet. At the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris in December, I was invited to participate in a number of events that dealt with the role cities can play in pushing national governments to commit to and achieve more ambitious climate change agendas. I have…

Expert Voices: Abha Joshi-Ghani, Director; Leadership, Learning and Innovation at The World Bank

All climate action is ultimately local. Thus cities must take the lead in lowering greenhouse gas emissions, creating green cities, being energy efficient, building mass transit, becoming more resilient and resource efficient, reducing waste and harnessing the digital age to deliver services to their citizens and focusing on sustainability. At the center of this approach is…

In Jakarta, Making a Living in the ‘Formal’ Economy not Easy for All

JAKARTA– Ibu Mawar and her family moved into Rusun Marunda four months after being evicted from their home under an elevated toll road (Tol Sedyatmoko). Rusun Marunda is one of several large government-subsidized housing projects in Jakarta and families relocated into these complexes are typically given three to six months of rent-free accommodation to help…