C40 announced today that Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes will succeed New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg as C40’s Chair.

Mayor Paes was elected to succeed Mayor Bloomberg as the new Chair of the C40 Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is made up of Berlin, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, New York City, Seoul, and Tokyo. Mayor Bloomberg will stay on as President of the C40 Board.

As C40 Chair, Mayor Paes will lead the strategic direction of the organisation and build upon Mayor Bloomberg’s legacy of establishing the C40 as the world’s leading climate action organisation. He will assume the chairmanship at the C40 Mayors Summit in Johannesburg in February 2014.

Mayor Paes said:

“This is truly an honour and I am very excited about carrying forward the organisation and building on Mayor Bloomberg’s legacy. Cities are leading the way in the fight against global climate change, and Rio – like New York City and all of our members – are on the front lines. As the world becomes more urbanized – particularly in Brazil and Latin America – our work going forward will be critical to creating a healthier, safer planet for all of our citizens today and for future generations.”

As President of the Board, Mayor Bloomberg will oversee day-to-day operations of the organisation’s professional staff and serve as a key counselor to both the new chair and the organisation. During his three-year tenure as C40 Chair, Mayor Bloomberg demonstrated unwavering commitment to building a professional organisation and establishing measurable and uniform benchmarks for success, as well as expanding knowledge-sharing between cities and partner organisations with similar priorities.

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