The Coalition for Urban Transitions is a major new international initiative to support decision makers to meet the objective of unlocking the power of cities for enhanced national economic, social, and environmental performance, including reducing the risk of climate change.
The Coalition will provide an independent, evidence based approach for thinking about ‘well managed’ urban transitions to ensure that the growth of urban areas, and the accompanying process of economic, social, and environmental transformation, maximises benefits for people and the planet. This is the positive “urban transition” that the Coalition seeks.
The Coalition is composed of institutions and individuals that bring a remarkable range of viewpoints and extraordinary depth of experience and expertise. It comprises leaders from think tanks, research institutions, city networks, international organisations, infrastructure providers, and strategic advisory companies. Its work will be overseen and championed by an Urban Leadership Group expecting to include leading members of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate as well as other prominent individuals as Ambassadors. This includes Mayors and former Mayors of major cities, former heads of state and Ministers, business leaders, heads of major international organizations, and prominent economists. Together, these institutions and individuals span the globe. What they share is a common purpose: unlocking a better urban future for all.
How the Coalition will work
The Coalition for Urban Transitions is a Special Initiative of the New Climate Economy (NCE). NCE is the flagship project of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. It was established in 2013 to independently and authoritatively assess the evidence of the costs and benefits of climate action. Its Global Commission consists of 28 former heads of state, CEO’s, Mayors, and heads of international organisations.
The Coalition will be hosted by the World Resources Institute (WRI) Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, and jointly managed by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and WRI with a dedicated delivery team. WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities works to make urban sustainability a reality with global research and on-the-ground experience in Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Turkey and the United States. The Ross Center has a dedicated set of over 200 experts working in over 50 cities globally to affect sustainable urban change. C40, now in its 10th year, connects more than 80 of the world’s greatest cities, representing 600+ million people and one quarter of the global economy. Created and led by cities, C40 is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health, well-being and economic opportunities of urban citizens. The current chair of C40 is Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes; three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the Board.
The Coalition’s work will be overseen and championed by an Urban Leadership Group comprising leading members of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate as well as other prominent individuals as Ambassadors. This group will be expanded to include other prominent individuals from a diverse variety of backgrounds as Ambassadors. This will include a small group of Mayors and former Mayors within the C40 and more broadly who have been particularly successful at working with national leaders.
The Coalition is further supported by a Steering Group comprising leaders from think-tanks, research institutions, city networks, international organizations, infrastructure providers, and strategic advisory companies representing diverse geographic and political perspectives and technical backgrounds. These include WRI, C40, Stockholm Environment Institute, The Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, LSE Cities (at the London School of Economics and Political Science), PWC, Siemens, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, Tsinghua University, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, Deutsche Bank, the African Centre for Cities, McKinsey Centre for Business and Environment, The UK Department for International Development, the OECD, the Urban Land Institute, Climate Policy Initiative, and the Global Green Growth Institute among others.
Created and led by cities, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse case emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health, well-being and economic opportunities of urban cities.
Now in its 10th year, C40 connects more than 80 of the world's greatest cities, representing 600+ million people and one quarter of the global economy. The current chair of the C40 is Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo. Three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the Board
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