Milan mayor attends Mexico Cities Climate Group summit

Three-day leadership meeting in Mexico.

Mayor Giuseppe Sala leads the Milan delegation to the sixth summit of the C40 group of world cities engaged in fighting climate change and its consequences, meeting in Mexico City from 30 November to 2 December.

Focus of the 2016 conference will be efforts to focus attention on promoting a resilient urban future by reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

The agenda will see Sala hold talks with his opposite numbers from Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodriguez-Larreta, and Mexico City, Miguel Ángel Mancera, as well as with mayors of other European cities. An important meeting will be with the group’s president, special envoy of the UN Secretary General for cities and environment and New York City mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg.

Sala will also chair the debate, together with Jakarta and Cape Town, on “Adapting to Tomorrow: creating low-carbon, resilient cities for our grandchildren”. He will illustrate Milan’s efforts towards sustainability through traffic policies to maintain mobility while reducing pollution, through differentiated waste collection, and through the city’s Food Policy.

And it was precisely this Food Policy – “Do not waste food, but reduce food waste” – to place Milan together with Auckland and Calcutta as finalists for the annual C40 award.

Dubbed the C40 and founded in 2005, the group now numbers 86 cities from all over the globe. Milan is a member of the Steering Group, the 13 cities which organise the actions planned and the environmental policy of the group, and which will open this year’s summit.