Mayors from many of the world’s most powerful cities have warned that the recovery from Covid-19 ‘should not be a return to ‘business as usual’ – because that is a world on track for 3°C or more of over-heating.’
The C40 group of cities released a statement of principles to shape the recovery from the Covid-19 crisis. Mayors, representing millions of people worldwide, pledged ‘to build a better, more sustainable and fairer society out of the recovery from the Covid-19 crisis.’
The principles were adopted in the first meeting of C40’s Global Mayors COVID-19 Recovery Task Force, supported by C40 chair – Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti – and have been endorsed by scores of city leaders from around the world.
Supporters include the mayors of Los Angeles, Athens, Austin, Barcelona, Bogotá, Boston, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Copenhagen, Curitiba, Durban, Freetown, Hong Kong, Houston, Lima, Lisbon, London, Medellín, Melbourne, Mexico City, Milan, Montréal, New Orleans, New York City, Oslo, Portland, Quezon City, Rotterdam, Salvador, São Paulo, San Francisco, Santiago, Seattle, Seoul, Sydney, Tel Aviv-Yafo and Vancouver.
Yesterday’s announcement came after a series of virtual meetings attended by more than 40 mayors, demonstrating how they are working together globally to overcome both the coronavirus and climate change crises.
‘I welcome the united effort by C40 Mayors to ensure that recovery from Covid-19 is sustainable and confronts the climate crisis. These are testing times for all of us. I want to reaffirm London’s commitment to working with our friends and partners overseas to limit the impact of this pandemic as much as possible, but also to build a better future.
‘Covid-19 has exposed the inequality in our society and deep flaws in our economy, which fail people from deprived communities more than anyone else. We need to come out of this embracing a new normal and with a renewed drive to address the climate emergency.
‘I will do all I can to harness Londoners’ ingenuity to create a better, greener and more equal city.’
Mayor of London
The Recovery Task Force
The Task Force will establish a common framework that all of C40’s global membership can use to create a ‘new normal’ for city economies; agree upon concrete measures they can put in place for recovery; how to communicate about the climate crisis in a post-Covid-19 world and how can they influence stimulus packages and interventions to support the necessary transition to a more sustainable, low-carbon, inclusive and healthier economy for people and the planet.
The Global Mayors COVID-19 Recovery Task Force will draw on the expertise of leading economists, including Kate Raworth, creator of internationally acclaimed framework Doughnut Economics and senior research associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute; and heard at its first meeting from Michael Jacobs, professorial fellow at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) at the University of Sheffield.
‘Covid-19 has laid bare the systemic inequities too often found at the heart of our communities – and as we start to emerge from this crisis, we must rebuild an economy that truly works for everyone.
‘Our C40 statement of principles will provide a framework for a fair recovery – a sustainable and equitable vision that lifts up our most vulnerable residents and advances the work of our Global Green New Deal.’
MAYOR ERIC GARCETTI
C40 Chair and Los Angeles
The Covid-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted the world’s cities. It is not just a global health crisis, but a social and economic crisis – the effects of which will be felt for years to come. In many ways it is also an urban phenomenon, with its roots in environmental destruction and humanity’s relationship with nature.