The head of the Buenos Aires Government, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, held a meeting yesterday in Rosario with 35 mayors from all over the country, including Guillermo Montenegro, ahead of the World Summit of Mayors for climate change, to be held in October in the City of Buenos Aires.
The host mayor, Pablo Javkin, assured that “Policies to combat climate change are essential to guarantee people’s well-being and quality of life.”
Rodríguez Larreta considered that, at the World Summit of Mayors, Argentine cities have “an opportunity to show the world” all their potential and “Promote together greater access to international financing for local climate action projects.”
The meeting is part of Federal Road Towards the C40 Summit (This is the name given to the group of cities that join efforts to reduce carbon emissions in the atmosphere and adapt to climate change), a series of previous meetings of Argentine cities that began in April in Buenos Aires.
The mayors debated yesterday on the access of cities to green financing to promote the implementation of climate change mitigation and adaptation projects at the local level.
The event was attended by former Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie. And experts, such as Victoria Sistos, director of Planning and Coordination of Policies of the Secretariat of the Environment of Mexico City, spoke. In addition, Ricardo Bertolino, executive secretary of the Network of Municipalities Against Climate Change (Ramcc) – made up of 250 Argentine cities – signed a letter of intent together with mayors of the organization’s board of directors to strengthen the commitment to climate action in municipalities throughout the country.
The C40 World Mayors Summit is the most important international event on climate change at the city level, which this year will be held under the slogan “United in action” and will have three lines of work: wellness cities, green and fair recovery, and access to finance.
On October 19, the Federal Urban Forum will be held, where the mayors will present a Declaration of Argentine Cities with local commitments in climate action.