31 May 2011
In interview, the C40 Organization Committee President Carlos Kendi Fukuhara describes the process to organize this international megaevent. Fukuhara also highlights the summit expectations.
The C40 Organization Committee has more than 30 people among contributors who are responsible for several themes divided by areas in order to organize the event. The Committee were formed in October 28th, 2010 with Secretary of International Relation (coordination), Secretary of Environmental, Secretary of Urban Development (theme), Secretary of Communications and SPTuris.
Question: can you tell us which were the challenges in order to achieve a megaevent like C40 Sao Paulo Summit?
Carlos Kend Fukuharai: The C40 is one of the most important environmental events in the world. The city of Sao Paulo had the privilege to host the summit which takes place for the first time in Latin America. The greatness of the organization requires work in different sectors and it has to be very well orchestrated because they depend on each other. The biggest challenges are communication.
Q: The organization began in 2009, after Sao Paulo being announced as C40 summit host?
Fukuhara: Since it was announced in Seoul, 2009, we began a planning and started to make decisions about the best place and date for the summit.
Q: What C40 represents to Sao Paulo?
Fukuhara: C40 is a big step for international exposure through Sao Paulo sustainable projects. This is an important window for best practices and mitigation policies from the city and also represents a great opportunity to exchange experiences.
Q: What are Sao Paulo expectations for the summit?
Fukuhara: The expectations are very high. We will host 33 Brazilian and international mayors as well as hundreds of guests from five continents. President Bill Clinton, Chair of C40 New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will also attend the event.
Q: How Sao Paulo expects to influence Brazilian cities with C40?
Fukuhara: We can influence other cities with our successful policies and pioneer projects, such as Cidade Limpa. This C40 edition is also innovative with unprecedented themes such as Climate and Health
Q: What is the Committee evaluation about C40?
Fukuhara: It is a very interesting opportunity for the city that has been given so much pride and responsibility. The Committee has been working to make the C40 fourth edition the best and most well organized summit.