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Cities to Take Center Stage During Climate Week

Next week, environmental groups and business and government leaders from around the world will convene in New York City for Climate Week NYC, sponsored by C40 partners, the Climate Group and CDP.

C40 cities represent more than 500 million people around the world, making us a significant voice demanding climate action of world’s leaders. Because of this, we will be front and center during the week-long event, and will also feature prominently in the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit, which aims to to engage leaders and advance climate action and ambition.

C40 will kick off our participation in Climate Week on Monday, September 22, with the awards ceremony for the C40 & Siemens City Climate Leadership Awards. There – along with partner Siemens and many C40 city mayors in attendance – we will announce 10 leading urban sustainability projects chosen by an independent panel of judges as well as the Citizen’s Choice award winner, chosen by popular vote. (If you have not yet voted, you have until September 17 to make your voice heard!)

On Tuesday, September 23, the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit will include meetings among world leaders, and feature eight action areas, which have been identified as critical for keeping global temperature increases to less than two degrees Celsius.

One of these action areas is cities, and C40 Chair, Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes will be representing C40 at the cities session (17:30-18:30), along with President of the C40 Board and UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change Michael Bloomberg.

For updates on all of the exciting activities and announcements that will come out of C40’s involvement in Climate Week, stay tuned to the @C40cities Twitter handle and the C40 blog.

For updates related to the City Climate Leadership Awards, follow#C40SiemensAwards; and Climate Week, follow the hashtag #CWNYC.

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.

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