The capital of Antioquia, headed by mayor Federico Gutiérrez, is now one of the cities that make up the C40 Steering Committee. C40 connects about 100 cities, totaling a population of about 700 million people in the world. The network, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CFF) and Realdania, takes actions related to climate and leads the way for a healthier and more sustainable future.
On Wednesday, May 23, Medellín has been announced among the five new cities that will have a seat on the C40 Network Steering Committee.
The other four are: Accra (Ghana), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Nanjing (China) and Quito (Ecuador). They will be joining Boston, Copenhagen, Dubai, Durban, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Milan, Paris, Seoul and Tokyo in this executive board.
“Accra, Dhaka, Medellin, Nanjing and Quito have shown incredible leadership in the implementation of climate actions. They have inspired mayors and neighboring cities around the world. I hope I can work with my fellow mayors, as we think locally and act globally in the implementation of the Paris Agreement,” said Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris and President of C40.
For his part, mayor Federico Gutiérrez Zuluaga said: “It is an honor and a great challenge for Medellín to be one of the representatives of Latin America in the Steering Committee of the C40.We have demonstrated real leadership with actions against climate change, and through the position we assume, we will open a wide range of possibilities for the advancement of our region. We believe we are able to connect with territories that face similar obstacles to create sustainable changes in cities.”
Medellín joined C40 in 2016 and its participation has been managed from the Ministry of Environment and the Agency for Cooperation and Investment of Medellín and the Metropolitan Area -ACI Medellín. Both entities oversaw the application of the city for this new challenge.