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City is prepared for coming summit

City of Johannesburg ready to host the world.

From February 4-6, the City of Johannesburg will proudly host the fifth biennial C40 Cities Mayors Summit and this is the first time the event will be taking place in Africa.

The theme of the 2014 C40 Cities Mayors Summit is ‘Towards Resilient and Livable Megacities.

The Summit is delivered by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and will be led by the 108th Mayor of New York City and C40 Board of Directors President, Michael Bloomberg, and co-hosted by the Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg Mayor Mpho Parks Tau, and the new C40 Chair and Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes.

Speaking at press conference Tau said: “Hosting the event will be a historic moment for Johannesburg and the African continent, it is clear recognition of the growing role that South Africa plays in finding solutions to the most pressing issues facing the globe.

“The C40 Cities Mayors Summit offers an effective forum where cities can collaborate, share knowledge, exchange ideas, and forge new partnerships. With new insights gained, cities can drive meaningful, measurable and sustainable action on climate issues in future,” says Mayor Tau.

Tau said: “Cities around the world particularly C40 cities are taking meaningful actions that have quantifiable outcomes, and as a result they have a real impact on combating the impact of global climate change.”

Forming part of this summit, mayors and senior city officials from over 63 leading cities around the world will come together to discuss the climate change challenges facing their cities, and share insights based on the actions they’ve taken to reduce GHG emissions and more than700 urban and climate change leaders will join them in a series of roundtable discussions and working sessions to focus on the themes of resilient and livable megacities.

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