Ada Colau is elected to lead in Europe the global network of cities that face the climate emergency

21/07/2021 - 10:15 h

Jorge Luis Fuentealba Diez

Ada Colau takes over from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, in the leadership of the C40 Cities network in Europe.

The mayor of Barcelona, ​​Ada Colau, has been elected European Vice President of the Steering Committee of C40 Cities, the network that brings together the main cities in the world committed to fighting the climate crisis. In this way, Ada Colau takes over from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, in the leadership of the network in Europe, and will share this task with the Mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala, who is also a member of the Steering Committee.

Ada Colau declared that Barcelona assumes the appointment with the commitment to deepen the city’s climate policies, which have already been recognized in Europe, highlighting that the Barcelona Climate Plan has been awarded as the best initiative of large European cities (an award granted by a pact that groups more than 7,000 local authorities and 51 European regions). She also highlighted the impulse of the Barcelona Superblock project (also widely recognized internationally and a reference model for other cities), as well as the Protegemos Escuelas project, which is being deployed with similar measures in cities such as Paris and London, or the objective of reduce road traffic by 25% in the coming years. On the other hand, Colau recalled that the network must exert pressure on states in relation to climate change, given that there is no “planet B”.

On the other hand, Barcelona, ​​which this year is the world capital of sustainable food, wants to promote, through the C40 network, the role of cities in the fight against the climate crisis through the transformation of the food model. In addition, it should be noted that Ada Colau is also the United Nations spokesperson for UCLG, the main global network of cities.

The 97 C40 member cities represent 700 million people and a quarter of the world economy. Through collaboration and innovation, the mayors of the cities of C40 are determined to comply with the Paris Agreement signed by the States in 2015: limit global warming of the planet and build healthy, equitable and more resilient communities.