Climate summit heads to Johannesburg

 

The City of Johannesburg is looking forward to hosting a leadership summit dedicated to building environmentally friendly cities. Delegates can expect the latest information on how urban planning can manage the risks posed by climate change.

THE City of Johannesburg will host the fifth biennial C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group Mayors Summit from 4 to 6 February 2014.

This year's Summit theme is: Towards resilient and liveable megacities - demonstrating action, impact and opportunity. The Summit is an opportunity for city officials from around the world to collaborate and share information on urban design to address climate change and the risks it poses. At the Summit, municipal representatives will meet with leading experts in environmentally responsible urban planning and share the strategies they've implemented in their home cities. They will also discuss future strategies.

More than 44 city officials will attend the Summit, which will be co-hosted by Councillor Mpho Parks Tau, executive mayor of the City of Johannesburg; C40 chair and Rio de Janeiro mayor, Eduardo Paes; and New York City mayor and president of the C40 board, Michael Bloomberg.
     
"It is with great pride that I assume the chairmanship of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and I look forward to my first official summit as chair," said Mayor Paes. "I am committed to building on the great work Mayor Bloomberg has already carried out and developing partnerships and initiatives to further the positive legacy that the C40 is creating in order to combat global climate change. I also relish the opportunity to present the valuable lessons that Rio de Janeiro is learning in the run-up to the Olympics in 2016. With 70% of the world's population predicted to live in urban areas by 2050, we as cities are working to the tightest of deadlines in order to preserve all our futures."
 
"Cities around the world are taking action against climate change, and C40 cities are leading the way. As a result, as our research shows, we are having a real and quantifiable impact on global greenhouse gas emissions," said Bloomberg. "While national governments convene summits to discuss this serious issue, the C40 Cities Mayors Summit will be focused on action - and the specific steps we can take to protect the planet and grow our cities."
 
"Hosting this C40 summit is a privilege for the City of Johannesburg, South Africa, and the African continent," said Tau.  "As mayors of big cities, we have a responsibility to provide leadership and to share our experiences, best practice and capacity for innovation with the rest of the globe. We take action on this front because of our shared conviction that climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. In the end, we are measured not by how much we undertake, but by what we finally accomplish."
 
The Climate Action in Megacities Volume 2.0 (CAM 2.0) report will be released during the Summit. Developed in partnership with Arup, a design, planning, engineering and technical services consultancy, the report details megacities' measurable actions in reducing carbon emissions and climate risks.
 
Along with the report, attendees can expect discussions on how sustainability is used to drive socio-economic development in megacities, with Rachel Kyte, the World Bank vice president and special envoy for climate change; and the importance of measurements and data in advancing city climate agendas, with Andrew Steer, president and chief executive officer of World Resources Institute.

 

 

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