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C40 Cities is supporting nine mayors from cities around the world to simultaneously address these connected issues by curbing emissions, creating jobs, and building resilience.
C40 Cities is supporting nine mayors from cities around the world to deliver action to simultaneously address the connected issues of climate change, inequality, social justice and access to decent jobs.
Accra, Barcelona, Cape Town, Durban, Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg, Tshwane, Los Angeles and Warsaw are committed to finding new and tailored approaches to deliver local climate action by addressing the needs of their most impacted and excluded populations and engaging them in decision-making.
The nine cities will focus on curbing emissions, creating decent jobs, and building resilience in sectors that are the greatest contributors to the climate crisis.
The cities will work closely with a wider cohort of C40 peer cities with the goal of expanding action to more than 20 cities in five global regions through a new Inclusive Climate Action Forum for cities. The forum will connect cities that want to drive policy changes and support inclusive, local green new deals, a just transition and a green and just recovery from Covid-19.
“When it comes to climate change solutions, nobody is doing more than cities, but nobody is doing enough, especially for the frontline communities bearing the brunt of more pollution, dirtier air, and higher emissions”
The forum will allow cities to learn from each other, and to promote their experiences and actions on inclusion and equity. Together, cities will communicate and share their best practices and advocate for removing barriers that hold back pioneering solutions.
“Accra has recognised the benefit of integrating informal waste collectors in its operations. These actors manage 30 per cent of the total waste generated in the city,” said mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah.
“Through the GGND (Global Green New Deal) pilot implementation, we are looking at further improving the relationship between the city authorities and other informal actors in order to strengthen informal actor voice and promote ownership of climate action.”
Mayor of Cape Town, Dan Plato, added: “One of the pathways towards achieving climate resilience, as outlined in our upcoming Climate Change Action Plan, is based on greater equity, inclusivity and a just transition to a climate resilient future that is centred around strong participation and engagement by all stakeholders to eliminate resource poverty, ensure sustainable and equitable land use, enable poverty reduction, and encourage and ensure wellbeing and a healthy environment.”
“We cannot tackle the full depth and breadth of the climate crisis without confronting the interrelated challenges of inequality and injustice”
The initiative is supported by C40 Cities and the Open Society Foundations. Strategic partners of the initiative include the Just Transition Centre of the International Trade Union Confederation and the Urban Movement Incubator.
“When it comes to climate change solutions, nobody is doing more than cities, but nobody is doing enough, especially for the frontline communities bearing the brunt of more pollution, dirtier air, and higher emissions,” said C40 chair and Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti.
He continued: “We cannot tackle the full depth and breadth of the climate crisis without confronting the interrelated challenges of inequality and injustice.
“That’s why Los Angeles is standing with mayors around the world to demonstrate how a growing coalition of cities can advance the vision of our Global Green New Deal and push for policies that preserve public health, protect livelihoods, safeguard our planet, and weave equity into every decision.”
C40 is a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change.