Rio Mayor Paes to succeed Mayor Bloomberg as C40 Chair

Yesterday at a press conference at New York City Hall, the C40 announced that Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes will succeed New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg as C40’s Chair.

Mayor Paes was elected to succeed Mayor Bloomberg as the new Chair of the C40 Steering Committee and Mayor Bloomberg has been asked to stay on as President of the C40 Board.

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As C40 Chair, Mayor Paes will lead the strategic direction of the organisation and build upon Mayor Bloomberg’s three year tenure that transformed the C40 from a network of cities to a fully engaged climate action organization working with more than 63 of the world’s leading cities.

He will officially assume the chairmanship at the C40 Mayors Summit in Johannesburg in February 2014.

Mayor Paes said:

“This is truly an honour and I am very excited about carrying forward the organisation and building on Mayor Bloomberg’s legacy. Cities are leading the way in the fight against global climate change, and Rio – like New York City and all of our members – are on the front lines. As the world becomes more urbanized – particularly in Brazil and Latin America – our work going forward will be critical to creating a healthier, safer planet for all of our citizens today and for future generations.”

As President of the Board, Mayor Bloomberg has agreed to continue to oversee day-to-day operations of the organisation’s professional staff and serve as a key counselor to both the new chair and the organisation. During his tenure as C40 Chair, along with building a fully professional organization, Mayor Bloomberg established groundbreaking measurable and uniform benchmarks for measure emissions, progress and outcomes, as well as expanding knowledge-sharing between cities and partner organisations with similar priorities.

To read the full press release, click here.

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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.