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C40 Makes a Splash During Climate Week

During Climate Week NYC, C40 garnered major media coverage around our activities and announcements, and we thought we’d share some highlights.

Cities were a major player during the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit on Tuesday of Climate Week, where C40 and partners announced Compact of Mayorsand released new data on both the emissions reductions global cities have already committed to  and what cities could potentially achieve if they pursued even more aggressive reductions targets. Interesting news!

Here are some highlights from those announcements:

To kick off Climate Week before the Summit, C40 chair Mayor Paes co-authored an opinion editorial in the Huffington Post with Mayor Hidalgo of Paris and Mayor Won-soon of Seoul, focused on how cities can be key partners and collaborate with nations to effectively fight climate change.

But Mayor Paes wasn’t the only one at C40 to contribute to the conversation – C40 Executive Director Mark Watts authored an opinion piece in the New York Times about how cities can help offer inspiration (and add pressure) to national governments as we look ahead as a global community to the Paris climate talks in 2015.

And our Director of Research, Measurement & Planning, Seth Schultz, was quoted extensively in a Mashable story prior to Climate Week.

Much of the regional coverage in C40 cities was focused in cities that won awards during the City Climate Leadership Awards ceremony, which we hosted with Siemens (see pictures of the event here). The Guardian also wrote a thoughtful piece about Mayor Paes and the awards.

Finally, on Monday and Tuesday of Climate Week, C40 collaborated with Clear Channel Outdoor to bring megacities to the mega-screens in Times Square. The campaign was featured on MarketWatch.

For more information, please check out our C40 in the News page here.

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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