Mayor Gregor Robertson will be chairing and attending a number of national and international forums this week in the lead up to the federal election, and the UN COP 21 meeting in Paris in December.
On September 23rd and 24th, Mayor Robertson will be in Toronto for a meeting of the Big City Mayors’ Caucus. As Chair of the caucus, Mayor Robertson has been a national advocate for urban issues and has worked to ensure that cities are represented in federal policy. This week’s Big City Mayors’ meeting will focus on cities' priorities in the federal election, such as affordable housing, urban infrastructure and transit - as well as how Canadian cities can continue to show leadership in responding to the Syrian refugee crisis.
“Affordable housing and transit are serious challenges for communities across Canada, and as the economic engines of our country, cities need our federal parties to commit to real plans for investment," said Mayor Robertson. “Investing in transit and housing makes economic sense for Canada, and will ensure our cities are thriving, resilient, and competitive."
Later in the week, Mayor Robertson will be in New York City to take part in Climate Week the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network forum hosted by Jeffrey Sachs, in addition to other events as part of Climate Week NYC. Mayor Robertson will join former Mayor Mike Bloomberg and French President François Hollande to discuss preparations for COP 21.
“Cities around the world are taking action on climate change, and Vancouver is on the leading edge of this movement as we work to become the greenest city in the world. In particular, Vancouver’s commitment to the goal of 100% renewable energy continues to attract global interest," added Mayor Robertson. “Cities have shown that is it possible to implement policies which support both the environment and the economy, and we will continue to push all levels of government to work together to transition our world to a sustainable future.”