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May 19, 2009
Mayor Miller opens C40 Summit, signs environmental MOU with City of Seoul
Seoul, Korea - Mayor David Miller today joined President Bill Clinton, Seoul Mayor Oh Se-Hoon and Korean Prime Minister Han Seung Soo in opening the third biennial C40 Summit with all leaders stressing the importance of cities in the battle against climate change.

"Since the last C40 Summit two years ago in New York, I've seen C40 cities make tremendous progress on our shared commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions," Mayor Miller told more than 300 international delegates attending the conference at Seoul's Shilla Hotel. "As national governments continue to talk, city governments are acting."

Mayor Miller's comments were echoed by Mayor Oh and President Clinton. They both stressed that cities are acting now, not only because they must as the level of government closest to the people, but because -- through the powers available to them -- they are able to.

Earlier in the day, Mayor Miller, President Clinton, Mayor Oh and Rick Fedrizzi from the U.S. Green Building Council announced the launch of Climate Positive -- a green urban development strategy in which 13 cities -- including Toronto -- are participating (separate release available).

Yesterday, Mayors Miller and Oh signed a Memorandum of Understanding that commits Toronto and Seoul to share information, experience and best practices in matters related to the fight against climate change.

"It's incredibly important that cities work together not only within the C40, but in partnership on all levels to share knowledge and take action that will result in real reductions in green house gas emissions," said Mayor Miller. "Both Mayor Oh and I firmly believe in this and are committed to ensuring it continues to happen."



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