Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver, will be discussing climate change with mayors around the world today as he attends the Our Cities, Our Climate conference at the White House in Washington, D.C.
The event, hosted by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, features Michael Bloomberg, the former Mayor of New York City, as well as Robertson, Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Fumiko Hayashi, Mayor of Yokohama, Japan to participate in a panel discussion on the topic of “Mayoral Perspectives on Fighting Climate Change.”
“I’m honoured to have been invited by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg to speak at ‘Our Cities, Our Climate’ in Washington DC this week,” said Robertson in a release. “This important meeting at the State Department will build on our work as cities to call for robust action on climate change by national governments ahead of the COP 21 climate conference in Paris, while also sharing best practices on how cities like Vancouver can continue to show leadership.
The event will be attended by mayors from around the world, from Ethiopia to Norway, all in the interest of what the future looks like, and what our city’s leaders can do to put us on the path to a healthy, sustainable life.
“It is very positive that Secretary Kerry and the U.S. Government are joining many of the world’s cities in taking on a proactive leadership role to confront climate change, and it has been disappointing not to see similar action at the national level here in Canada,” he said.
— Van Mayor’s Office (@VanMayorsOffice) October 8, 2015