Today, African Regional Director of C40 Cities, Hastings Chikoko, commenced a two-day visit to Freetown City Council (FCC). The visit marks the official inception of Freetown’s membership of C40 Cities – an international network of cities including London, New York Paris, Johannesburg, who are leading the way towards a healthier and more sustainable future.
The visit is part of Freetown’s onboarding process as the newest member of the organization. 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 and innovation in environmental and climate change work through #TransformFreetown.
Throughout the day, Mr. Chikoko met with the Councillors, and management of Freetown City Council to provide an overview of the C40 Cities’ mandate and benefits, and expectations from the city of Freetown as member. 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.
Membership of C40 Cities provides FCC with access to dedicated technical capacity and support to harness financial resources for TransformFreetown’s #ClimateActions. Key projects that C40 Cities will work with Freetown on include the Cable Car System and Storm Water Drainage.