BE2C2 Report — Women mayors from many of the world’s greatest cities and women business leaders in Manhattan committed to use their growing global power to tackle climate change and deliver on the ambition of the Paris Agreement.
At the inaugural Women4Climate conference in New York City, the mayors of Paris, Mexico City, Durban, Cape Town and Caracas, pledged to support and mobilize the next generation of women leaders, fighting climate change.
The event officially launched the C40 Women4Climate initiative, a UN Press Release stated. The number of C40 cities with women mayors has increased from four to fifteen since 2014. C40 is an organization of the 90 most important cities in the world, representing 650+ millions of citizens and 25% of global GDP.
The 15 women mayors that lead cities in the C40 network represent 100 million urban citizens and over $4 trillion dollars in GDP. These powerful women leaders were joined by CEO’s and innovative change-makers who represent the next generation of women leaders acting to reduce carbon emissions and protect the world from the impacts of climate change.
Their call was echoed by Michael R. Bloomberg, U.N. Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, and Miguel Ángel Mancera, Mayor of Mexico City.
Speaking on the occasion, C40 Chair and Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo said, “As women, we know all too well that the powerful often seek to silence our voices when we speak out to protect the most vulnerable in our communities”. “We are here today to show that we refuse to be silenced. All around the world, in city halls, corporate boardrooms and on the streets of our cities women are demanding action to protect the planet from the threat of climate change.”
The Mayor of Durban, Zandile Gumede said: “Women are more likely to work in industries that will be affected by a changing climate, such as agriculture. That is why women need to help lead this fight, to ensure that the environment and the future generations are protected.”
Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera said: “Mexico City is one of the first cities to incorporate gender equity into its Climate Action Program, we have identified 78 actions to reduce the vulnerability of women to climate change in the city. The official launch of the Women4Climate initiative in Mexico City during the C40 Mayors’ Summit was inspiring and a commitment we take with great responsibility.”
According to reports, the former UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, French Minister of Environment Ségolène Royal and Ambassador of France for Climate Change Negotiations Laurence Tubiana (all women) were the architects of the historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Hosted by C40 Chair and Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo at Columbia University, the first-of-its-kind event brought together women mayors from many of the world’s largest and most influential cities.