African Regional Director of C40 Cities, Hastings Chikoko, commenced a two-day visit to Freetown City Council (FCC) as part of Freetown’s onboarding process as the newest member of the organization. The visit marks the official inception of Freetown’s membership of C40 Cities – an international network of cities including London, New York Paris, Johannesburg, leading the way through climate action towards a more sustainable and healthier future.
Freetown’s membership is particularly impressive as Freetown does not qualify as a megacity (a city with a population of 3 million and over) – a factor typically required to be a member of C40 Cities. Freetown was admitted as an innovator city, after demonstrating strong leadership in environmental and climate change work through #TransformFreetown.
The day began with Mr. Chikoko providing an overview to Mayor Aki-Sawyerr and Chief Administrator, Festus Kallay of the C40 Cities mandates and expectations of the city of Freetown as a member. Mr Chikoko then made a full presentation to the Councillors and FCC Core Staff during which he informed them that membership is not “not a feel-good factor” but a commitment to active engagement in C40 Cities initiatives and advancements towards substantial climate action.
Membership of C40 Cities provides FCC with access to dedicated technical capacity and support to harness financial resources for #TransferFreetown #ClimateActions. Key projects that C40 Cities will work with Freetown on include the Cable Car System and Storm Water Drainage.
During his presentation, Mr. Chikoko commended Mayor Aki-Sawyerr for her dedication to the city and the role she played in Freetown being invited to be a member of C40 Cities.