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new boss of C40 cities
New York City, 1 December 2013: C40, the coalition of large cities committed to reduce omissions harmful to the environment, have elected the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro as its new chairman of its steering committee, which consists of the cities of Berlin, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, New York City, Seoul, and Tokyo. Eduardo Paes will take over from New York’s outgoing mayor Michael Bloomberg who will become president of the C40 board. A spokesman for the group said the dual leadership made sense.
“As C40 Chair, Mayor Paes will lead the strategic direction of the organisation, while as president, Mayor Bloomberg will oversee day-to- day operations of the organisation’s professional staff and serve as a key counsellor to both the new chair and the organisation.” With Bloomberg Philanthropies continuing as a “key funder” of C40, Michael Bloomberg will no doubt remain an influential player in the organisation.
Eduardo Paes, who will taker over as chairman on 15 December, said after being elected that cities were leading the way in the fight against global climate change and Rio - like New York City and all of our members - were on the front lines. “As the world becomes more urbanised - particularly in 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.”
The new C40 chairman won praise from his predecessors and the mayors of Berlin and London. Michael Bloomberg called him a determined and focused leader with a clear passion for his city, while London’s Boris Johnson said: “I have come to know Eduardo Paes well through both our cities hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Eduardo is a dynamic, creative, and strategic leader. He has had great success in Rio and has been playing a vital role with C40.”
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