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June 4, 2008
Mayor David Miller named Chair of C40 group cities fighting climate change
In recognition of Toronto's role as a world-leading environmental city, Mayor David Miller was today appointed chair of the influential C40 Group of major international cities committed to tackling climate change.

"I am proud and privileged to have been given the chance to lead the C40 and work with cities around the world who are leading in the fight against climate change," said Mayor Miller. "Where national governments are falling short, cities are taking action and achieving results. Climate change is the issue of our time, possibly of all time, and through the C40, we have an opportunity to make real and lasting difference on this pressing global issue.

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, will be honorary Deputy Chair making him the first mayor to hold the new position.

"I am delighted to be working with Mayor Miller and the C40 cities in recognition of my commitment for London to play a significant role in reduce carbon emissions, and tackle climate change," said Mayor Johnson. "London is a world leader in this area, and I am determined to see that the expertise and innovation being developed here is shared with cities around the world."

Consistent with the aims of the C40, the new arrangements ensures that the leadership of the group is rotated between all members in order to share expertise and fully represent global membership of the group. The C40 secretariat will continue to be based in London.

The C40 was set up in London in 2005 with the aim to accelerate cities' programs to combat climate change. The C40 cities have pledged to work together, to share best practice and to take action in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In order to achieve this, the C40 entered into a partnership arrangement with the Clinton Climate Initiative in 2006 to develop programs that would that would help cities drive forward action.
Ira Magaziner, Chairman of the Clinton Climate Initiative, said: "The Clinton Climate Initiative is proud to serve as the exclusive implementing partner of the C40. We look forward to working with Mayor Miller, Mayor Johnson, and the other C40 mayors to dramatically reduce urban greenhouse gas emissions."

The C40 Large Cities Climate Leadership Group is made up of the following cities: Addis Ababa, Athens, Bangkok, Beijing, Berlin, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Caracas, Chicago, Delhi, Dhaka, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Houston, Istanbul, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Karachi, Lagos, Lima, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Melbourne, Mexico City, Moscow, Mumbai, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Toronto, Tokyo, and Warsaw.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

For more information:
Stuart Green, Office of Mayor Miller, 416-338-7119



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