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06/02/2017: Combatting Climate Change: COJ to host City of Paris Delegation
06 February 2017
The City of Joburg’s Environment and Infrastructure Services Department (EISD) will be hosting a delegation from the City of Paris between the 6th and 10th of February, 2017.

EISD will host this delegation under a cooperation agreement with the City of Paris, C40 and the Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) as the funding arm, and will be facilitating a weeklong programme on combatting and mitigating the impacts of climate change within the City.

The facilitation of the programme will be assisted by the City of Joburg’s Department of Housing, Department of Transport and Department of Development Planning and will engage key Municipal Owned Entities such as City Power, Joburg Water, Pikitup, Joburg Development Agency and Joburg Property Company.

Through a Memorandum of Understanding, the City of Joburg and the City of Paris have confirmed their willingness to work together on combatting climate change in the City, which includes a commitment to mitigate and reduce the City’s carbon footprint.

The week long programme will allow for both Cities to share their respective experiences on the impact of climate change.

During November 2016, the City’s Mayoral Committee adopted the Climate Change Strategic Framework (CCSF) and the City of Joburg, the City of Paris, Agence Francaise de Developpment and C40 also agreed to cooperate in assisting the City with the development of a comprehensive integrated climate change strategy.

Summary of the programme:

• Monday, the 6th Feb: Introductory meeting with Executive Directors, Managing Directors and MMC’s.
• Tuesday, the 7th Feb: Focus on Urban Planning & Transport. The Bust Rapid Transport system forms an integral part of the success of the City’s Corridors of Freedom initiative. The City intends proceeding with urban redevelopment within the Corridors of Freedom on principles that will result in eco-districts.
• Wednesday, the 8th Feb: Discussions will focus on the Energy Framework and how to develop and implement policy and regulatory instruments accessible in the City, for the promotion of a low carbon economy and energy efficiency in the City.
• Thursday, the 9th Feb: Focus on Waste Sector programmes that benefit climate change mitigation.
• Friday, the 10th Feb: City will be engaging businesses, academia and the provincial and national departments of environment and energy with the aim of forging partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.

Cities around the world are at the front lines of fighting climate change and it is against this backdrop that City of Joburg aims to enhance its efforts and collaborate with internal and external shareholders to discuss and implement best practices.

Media enquiries:
Cllr Anthony Still
MMC Environment and Infrastructure Services
082 820 8342
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Last Updated on 06 February 2017