Johannesburg and Rotterdam Featured on CNN International’s The City

This week, five C40 cities are being featured in CNN International’s new series The City , as part of our ongoing media collaboration with the network. To kick off the series, The City featured Johannesburg and Rotterdam, highlighting how these cities are leading the way in addressing the sources and risks of climate change.


Johannesburg Mayor’s Vision for the Future” features Mayor Mpho Parks Tau, who discusses how an increasing population could stress the city’s resource requirements – but also represents an opportunity:

“It is through urbanization that you have greater potential to develop and grow cities…We have the opportunity not to repeat the mistakes of the past.”

He shows viewers the city’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, discusses its renewable targets, and shares the Orange Farm food security project.


The “Rotterdam’s Floating Future” episode follows Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb as he showcases the range of innovative solutions Rotterdam is implementing as it faces rising seas. He particularly highlights Rotterdam’s role as the head of the C40 Connecting Delta Cities network, which is helping delta cities from around the world develop policies and take action to adapt to the impacts of a changing climate.

“Water prevention in the low laying delta cities of the world is the only way to prevent big disasters in the future. It is the duty of the mayors to act today and tomorrow. It is also my personal opinion that you can never beat Mother Nature, it is better to learn how to live with Mother Nature.”

Both Johannesburg and Rotterdam have been named finalists for the inaugural C40 & Siemens City Climate Leadership Awards. To learn more about the Awards Ceremony & Conference on September 4 and 5, clickhere.

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The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) is a network of large and engaged cities from around the world committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally that will help address climate change globally. Recognizing that cities consume over two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions, our organization’s global field staff works with city governments, supported by our technical experts across a range of program areas to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency in large cities across the world. The current chair of the C40 is Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, and 108th Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg is President of the Board. The Steering Committee includes: Berlin, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul and Tokyo.