02 June 2011
For three days, Sao Paulo hosted the 2011 edition of C40 - Large Cities Climate Leadership Group. O May 31st, the opening ceremony took place at Ibirapuera Park with tree planting from 59 different types belonging to Brazilian native forest. Mayor of Sao Paulo GilbertoKassab, host of the summit, and chair of C40, Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg, led the event.
On June 1st and 2nd , plenaries, sessions and round tables took place at Sheraton WTC São Paulo Hotel to discuss new technologies, solution and practices to protect environment and to create sustainable cities. Mayors from 16 different cities and 31 cities representatives attended the summit.
One of the highlights was a partnership established between Sao Paulo and Paris. Sao Paulo Mayor Kassab and Paris First Deputy Mayor Anne Hidalgo signed a cooperation term to reassure exchanges in Urban Development, Culture, Waste Management and Sanitation.
World Bank Group President Robert Zoellick opened the first plenary on June 1st and announced financing resources for climate-related projects, and signed a protocol of intentions with Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg.
Michael Bloomberg and Gilberto Kassab established a bilateral agreement to strengthen the Bond between the two cities. As a final act, they presented a Communiqué and Resolution for the Rio+20 UN Conference to Sustainable Development. One of the key points of the communiqué says that national governments and local treaties should empower the leadership of the cities. Mayor of Sao Paulo Gilberto Kassab also thanked the guests and reassured an invitation for them to come back. “You wil have our warmth and we will take you with arms wide open”.
Both Mayors also traded soccer and football jerseys and appreciated the presences of President Bill Clinton and Robert Zoellick. For all guests, Bloomberg sent a message. “I hope we have made friends here that make the world a better place”.
The next city to host a C40 summit has not been announced yet.