Africa Regional Media Hub | U.S. Department of State and Bloomberg Philanthropies Launch Second Our Cities, Our Climate Exchange to Advance Local Climate Action
In Austin, the participants will also have the opportunity to share more about the exchange program with SXSW Eco attendees during an October 11 panel featuring U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Dr. Jonathan Pershing, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, and Antha Williams, head of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Environment program.
Our Cities, Our Climate leverages city leadership by convening an international conversation for global sustainability directors – along with U.S. officials and organizations – to share experiences, discuss solutions, and ultimately accelerate the progress the world’s cities are making to address climate change. The 2016 agenda builds on last year’s inaugural exchange, which contributed to momentum for climate action in the final weeks leading up to the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP 21) and the adoption of the historic Paris Agreement. It also advances the Sustainable Development Goals.
The sustainability directors are traveling on an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and will arrive from: Adelaide, Australia; Cairo, Egypt; Cape Town, South Africa; Cartagena, Colombia; Chengdu, China; Delhi, India; Istanbul, Turkey; Karachi, Pakistan; Lima, Peru; Marrakesh, Morocco; Montreal, Canada; Nairobi, Kenya; Paris, France; Quezon City, Philippines; Santiago, Chile; Shanghai, China; and Warsaw, Poland.
Follow #Cities4Climate to learn more about the program. For more information, please contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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