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Climate champions outline leading role for cities

Mayor of Vancouver, Gregor Robertson; Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore; Christiana Figueres, Vice Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy and former Executive Secretary of UNFCCC. Credit: City of Sydney/Katherine Griffiths

A world authority on climate change and the lead negotiator behind the Paris Agreement will visit Sydney in September 2017 to workshop ways in which cities can take leadership in tackling carbon emissions and inequality.

Christiana Figueres, who is Vice-Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy and former Executive Secretary of UNFCCC will be joined by the Mayor of Vancouver Gregor Robertson at the City of Sydney’s CityTalks event at Sydney Town Hall on Tuesday 12 September 2017.

Ms Figueres is credited with bringing together world leaders, corporations and non-government organisations to jointly deliver the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, which saw 195 sovereign nations agree to limit future global warming to below 2°C.

Currently in his third term, Mayor Robertson has overseen the implementation of the award-winning Greenest City 2020 Action Plan that aims to make Vancouver an environmental leader.

Mayor Robertson has also made housing affordability a top priority and has implemented a 10-year plan to provide thousands of affordable housing units to Vancouver residents.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City was proud to host these two world leaders in the global movement for climate change action.

“The mainstream debate on climate change is now about how we prioritise our work in the fight against destructive global warming to act fast enough to make a difference,” the Lord Mayor said.

“We’ve invited these two strong leaders for a conversation about how entrenched inequality, rising populism and political instability are contributing to an uncertain future, particularly when it comes to climate, and the role that cities and mayors can take in tackling these challenges.”

Figueres and Robertson will be joined by a panel of national thought leaders to discuss the role of government, business and society in creating a sustainable and inclusive future for all.

Speakers include:

  • Christiana Figueres, Vice Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy and former Executive Secretary of UNFCCC
  • Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver and Board Member of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy
  • Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney
  • John Hewson AM, Professor Crawford School of Public Policy ANU and former Opposition Leader
  • MC Adam Spencer, author and broadcaster

CityTalks – Cities taking the lead: how local action is fast-tracking global change

When: 6.30–8.30pm, Tuesday 12 September 2017
Where: Centennial Hall, Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney
Cost: Free. Bookings are essential.

Source: City of Sydney

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