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Green News Digest: Day 2 at the C40 Summit


October 20, 2022

Catch up on the day’s highlights from the C40 World Mayors Summit in Buenos Aires

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World’s best climate projects recognised at 2022 C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards

At Wednesday evening's opening reception, C40 and Bloomberg Philanthropies were delighted to announce the 10 winners of the 2022 C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards.

Representing the most ambitious and impactful projects spearheaded by mayors from around the world to tackle the global climate crisis, awards were presented to Addis Ababa, Amsterdam, Beijing, Pune, Dhaka North, Metropolitan Area of Guadalajara, Freetown, São Paulo, Seattle and Tokyo / Kuala Lumpur.

Alt-text: City and youth leaders at the C40-Bloomberg Awards 2022. Pictured: Betty Osei Bonsu (C40 Global Youth & Mayors Forum), Toshiko Chiba (Deputy Director of Carbon Policy Planning Section, Bureau of Environment, Tokyo Metropolitan Government), Bruce Harrell (Mayor of Seattle), Sadiq Khan (C40 Chair and Mayor of London).
Michael R. Bloomberg, C40 Board President, UN Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions, 108th Mayor of New York City and Founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies, said: “Across the world, mayors and cities are increasingly uniting to share strategies, set ambitious goals and deliver much-needed results in the fight against climate change. The C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards showcase the best of local climate leadership, demonstrating to national governments and the world what’s possible ahead of COP27.”


Cities unite to lead the creation of 50 million good, green jobs by 2030

C40 research shows 50 million green jobs are needed for C40 cities to deliver their fair share of halving emissions in line with the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global heating to 1.5°C. 

Comprehensive climate action by C40 cities would result in over 30% more jobs compared to today’s business-as-usual economic approach which is responsible for the climate and economic damage we are witnessing. It could also reduce air pollution by up to 30% and deliver $280 billion health-related economic benefits in C40 cities, driven by a reduction in fossil fuel use. However, cities can’t do this alone. Governments, the private sector and unions must work hand in hand with cities to deliver.

C40 Chair and Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, highlighted the report in the day’s opening session, ‘Achieving Climate Justice.’ He said: “Today, I’m proud to announce, that C40 cities are committed to delivering 50 million good, green jobs by the end of the decade. These jobs will be in the sustainable sectors - from green construction to renewable energy generation, to retrofitting and insulation - and they are proof that going green isn't just good for our planet, but good for our economy, good for our businesses, and for working people too.”

The session also included inspiring talks from Chief of Government of Buenos Aires Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Executive Director of C40 Mark Watts, Hilda Flavia Nakabuye of Fridays for Future Uganda, and United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, who set the intentions for the Summit and introduced the key pillars of this year’s programme.

Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Chief of Government of the City of Buenos Aires at the C40 Summit, Buenos Aires, 2022. Apertura, jueves 20 de octubre de 2022.

Watch the session replay to catch up.


Mayors unite in call for accelerated global action for people displaced by climate change ahead of COP27

Mayors are calling on national governments to accelerate responses to climate migration, by increasing adaptation finance to 50% of total climate finance – following the lead of the UN Secretary-General – and to make sure that these resources are directed to vulnerable Global South countries and cities.

Alongside the announcement, the Global Mayors Task Force on Climate and Migration convened in Buenos Aires to welcome three new core members: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Mayor of Amman Yousef Al Shawarbeh and Mayor of São Paulo Ricardo Nunes.

C40 Summit, Buenos Aires, 2022. Global Mayors Task Force on Climate and Migration, thursday 20 de October de 2022.

Mayor of Dhaka North and C40 Vice-Chair on Migration, Mohamad Atiqul Islam, said: “As we approach COP27, we’re calling on our national leaders to increase investments in locally-led adaptation and make sure that a significant part of resources are directed towards the most affected communities and cities.”

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