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Why in News?

Recently, Copenhagen, Denmark hosted the C40 cities World Mayor Summit.

About C40

  • C40 is a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change.
  • It started with 40 cities and hence the name C40.
  • Now, It consists of 96 Cities across the world.
  • Objective is to fight climate change and to create healthier and sustainable future.
  • Six Indian cities are also members of this organization : Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi NCT, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai.

The Copenhagen Summit (9 – 12 October 2019)

  • The C40 World Mayors’ Summit was a conference where city leaders from around the world shared ideas on green urban development, and on ways to get national governments to act on climate issues.
  • The Chief Minister of Delhi was denied political clearance to participate in summit in Denmark by the Ministry of External Affairs.
  • MEA said “Participation of Chief Minister of NCT of Delhi as a Speaker at a panel discussion was not commensurate with the level of participation from other countries.”
  • The organisers then made arrangements for Kejriwal to speak through video conferencing.
  • He spoke during the session, ‘Breathe deeply, city solutions for clean air’, and addressed a joint press conference with the mayors of Paris, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Portland, Lima and Barcelona

Clean Air Task Force

  • Delhi along with 34 other cities signed the ‘C40 Clean Air Cities Declaration’, pledging to implement a slew of clean air policies under the watch of a Special Task Force (STF) chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
  • The pledge commits cities to set ambitious pollution reduction targets and implement substantive clean air policies by 2025.