In Conversation: C40’s Johanna Partin leads discussion with USDN and the Cities of London & Curitiba
For the second year in a row, C40 and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) teamed up to bring a couple of international C40 cities to USDN’s annual meeting, held last month in Houston. C40’s Regional Director for North America, Johanna Partin, sat down with select participants to get their thoughts on the exchange.
Johanna Partin (C40): As we did last year, C40 and USDN co-sponsored bringing two non-North American sustainability directors to this year’s USDN Annual Meeting—this time Leah Davis from London and Luisiana Silva from Curitiba. What value did the North American cities get from having Leah and Luisiana there, and vice versa?
Nils Moe, Managing Director, USDN: Today, half of the world’s population lives in cities—by 2030, there will be five billion urban dwellers. Because cities have become global centers of innovation, it was incredibly important have the international cities of London and Curitiba represented at our meeting. If we are to enact the transformative change that we need to see in the world, we all need to look well beyond our boundaries for inspiration in our work. At this point, I can’t imagine a USDN meeting without our C40 guests involved in the discussions.
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