Joburg to host fifth C40 Cities Mayors Summit

Jozi chosen above 60 other international cities

Michael R. Bloomberg (chairperson of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group) and Joburg mayor, Mpho Parks Tau

The City of Johannesburg, well known for successfully hosting a number of global events in recent history, had another feather added to its cap last week when it was named the host of the fifth biennial C40 Cities Mayors Summit in February next year.

The announcement was made by Michael Bloomberg, chairperson of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), and Johannesburg mayor Mpho Parks Tau, in New York last week. Bloomberg is also the mayor of New York City.

Johannesburg was chosen out of 61 cities around the world comprising the group.

C40 is a network of large and engaged cities committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally to help address climate change globally.

Hundreds of urban and climate change leaders from all around the globe will join mayors from the world’s largest cities for three days to advance urban solutions to combat the impact of global climate change.

”Cities around the world – particularly C40 cities – are taking meaningful actions that have quantifiable outcomes. As a result, as our research shows, we are having a real impact on combating the impact of global climate change,” Bloomberg said.

“While nations and international bodies meet to talk about these issues, the C40 Cities Mayors Summit is focused on concrete actions we can take to protect the planet and grow our cities.”

The event will feature a series of round-table discussions and working sessions that will bring together C40 mayors, their staff and technical experts to discuss city-driven climate actions and their impact.

The discussion will be data-driven and outcome-focused.

Clr Tau was beside himself with joy when the City was named the host of next year’s summit.
“It will be a historic moment for Johannesburg – but also for South Africa and the African continent,” he said.

“Hosting the event is a clear recognition of the growing role that Africa and South Africa can play to find solutions to the most pressing issues facing our globe.”

Tau said climate change was not an issue that affected only the industrialised countries of the northern hemisphere. “It is an everyday reality for the people of Africa in rapidly expanding cities, as well as rural areas faced by the consequences of dramatic changes in weather patterns, resulting in threats to crops and livestock and their ability to survive,” he said.

Though cities only occupy 2% of the Earth’s land mass, they contain more than 50% of its population, use two‚Äźthirds of its energy and generate more than 70% of its carbon emissions.

Combined, C40 cities have the potential to reduce future emissions by up to 1.3-billion tonnes by 2030.

The C40 Mayors Summit will focus on how cities are developing and implementing innovative solutions to some of the most pressing climate and resource issues facing the world today.

It will further highlight a wide range of successful ongoing projects from around the world, including building efficiency standards, sustainable transport measures, delta cities’ partnerships and other green growth practices and programmes.

It will enable mayors to share challenges and successes and identify opportunities for collaboration – all with the goal of making measurable advances on projects in cities that achieve meaningful reductions in emissions.

Johannesburg is one of four African cities that are members of C40. The others are Lagos (Nigeria), Cairo (Egypt) and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).

The summit in Johannesburg will be held from 4 to 6 February.

Among the global events Johannesburg has hosted or co-hosted since the advent of democracy in South Africa in 1994 include the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, 2010 Soccer World Cup, 1995 Rugby World Cup, 1996 and 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and the recent international business expo, Meetings Africa.

In October this year, the City will host the One Young World Summit. The summit brings together 1 500 young leaders and ambassadors from around the world to discuss and find solutions to local, regional and global challenges, with special challenges on education, business, healthcare, sustainable development, human rights, transparency and good governance.


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