01 June 2011
Mayor of Sao Paulo Gilberto Kassab, C40 Chair and Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg, President Bill Clinton and World Bank Group President Robert Zoellick addressed the C40 cities at opening ceremony.
Mayor Kassab addressed the large cities problems such as public transportation and social issues. He also said that is necessary to go beyond work in order to solve problems. “We should work hard and raise our voice for governments to take our needs to next summits.”
Mayor Michael Bloomberg compared Sao Paulo to New York, two megacities that “never sleep”. He highlighted a partnership between C40 and Clinton Climate Initiative and assured that they are integrated. Bloomberg also asked a provocative question to the audience: what are we doing now? The most important is that we have the power to do.”
World Bank Group President said environmental problems are expensive to the cities and harmful to their development, but he emphasized the Sao Paulo projects to lower the carbon emission. “I would like to thank Mayor Kassab for hosting C40. The city cannot be more appropriate for this event.”