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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Informal settlements and climate change: An opportunity and challenge for cities of emerging economies

By Mayor Mpho Parks Tau of Johannesburg The unprecedented growth of cities in emerging economies, coupled with the legacy of apartheid in South Africa has, since the early 1990s, led to a rapid increase in informal settlements, or slums, in Johannesburg. As the economic heartland of South Africa, it is estimated that Johannesburg receives more…

C40 Cities Awards 2016 now open for submissions

C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) today launched a global call for submissions to the C40 Cities Awards 2016. All cities demonstrating leadership in climate action are encouraged to apply for a chance to be recognised in the world’s foremost sustainability awards. The fourth-annual C40 Cities Awards are being held in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies.…

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…

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…