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Ann Arbor Mayor Appointed Special Advisor to the Global Executive Committee on Climate Action

Archived News Release: February 18, 2021 - ​The leading network of local and regional governments, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, has announced its new leadership following a one-year global democratic election process. Positions in the ICLEI governance bodies have a three-year term, and newly elected leaders will meet for the first time at the ICLEI World Congress in April 2021, hosted by Malmö, Sweden. Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor was appointed as a special advisor to the Global Executive Committee on Climate Action.

ICLEI is a network of local and regional governments led by the ICLEI Council and Global Executive Committee (GexCom), two groups of local leaders elected by ICLEI members every three years. The ICLEI Council is formed by the nine regional executive committees (RexCom), elected by members in each ICLEI region. One representative from each RexCom is then elected as regional representative to the ICLEI (GexCom), along with portfolio holders who are elected to the GexCom by the members of the ICLEI Council based on their thematic expertise. The ICLEI GexCom and Council have the power to represent ICLEI on the global stage and steer the organization by setting ICLEI global strategy and policies.

“Climate change is the defining issue of our time and one that intersects with a multitude of other critical issues that society must address, such as systematic racism, poverty, food, housing insecurity and growing economic disparities," said Mayor Christopher Taylor. “Ann Arbor's A2Zero Carbon Neutrality Plan, born of incredible staff, community and scientific collaboration, looks to combat inequalities in our systems and advance climate solutions that are grounded in equity and justice, even as they reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase the resilience of our community. I'm delighted to be selected to serve on the ICLEI GexCom, which will provide an opportunity for Ann Arbor to learn from peer cities that are serious about climate action while also sharing Ann Arbor success stories. This work is important as we do not have time to 're-create' the wheel, and we must work together globally to share best practices and support the rapid scaling and transfer of climate action and zero-emission strategies."  

For more information on Ann Arbor's sustainability efforts and the A2Zero plan for achieving a just transition to community-wide carbon neutrality by 2030, visit www.a2gov.org/sustainability.

Elected representatives will spend their three-year term driving the network's global sustainability agenda forward for local and regional governments worldwide.

The new ICLEI Council and GexCom include representatives from districts, cities, states and regions from 35 different countries with a combined population of over 65 million. ​

Special Advisors ​to the Global Executive Committee

Councillor Amanda Stone, Yarra, Australia

Advisor to: Nature, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Restoration portfolio

Vice Mayor Alfredo Coro, Del Carmen, Philippines

Advisor to: Climate Action and Low Emission Development portfolio

Mayor Christopher Taylor, Ann Arbor, USA

Advisor to: Climate Action and Low Emission Development portfolio

Mayor Dato' Sr Hj Rozali Bin Hj Mohammud, Seberang Perai, Malaysia

Advisor to: Climate Action and Low Emission Development portfolio

Executive Councillor Datuk Seri Utama Ir. Ts. Hj. Idris Bin Hj. Haron, Melaka State, Malaysia

Advisor to: Resilient Development and Risk Management portfolio

Mayor Datuk Shadan bin Othman, Hang Tuah Jaya, Malaysia

Advisor to: Circular Development portfolio

Deputy Mayor Ana Oregi, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

Advisor to: Urban research on sustainability challenge solutions portfolio​

ICLEI Global Executive Committee 2021-2024 - Regional Seats

Africa: Mayor Mohamed Sefiani, Chefchaouen, Morocco

East Asia: Mayor Yeom Tae-Young, Suwon, Republic of Korea

Europe: Mayor Minna Arve, Turku, Finland

Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean: Governor Mauricio Vila Dosal, Yucatan, Mexico

North America: Mayor Frank Cownie, Des Moines, USA

Oceania: Councillor Amanda Stone, Yarra, Australia

South America: Mayor Geraldo Julio De Mello Filho, Recife, Brazil

South Asia: Mayor Kinlay Dorjee, Thimphu, Bhutan

Southeast Asia: Mayor Mar-Len Abigail S. Binay, Makati, Philippines​

ICLEI Global Executive Committee 2021-2024 - Portfolio Seats

Mayor Katja Dörner, Bonn, Germany

Portfolio: Co-Chair Climate Action and Low Emission Development

Mayor Mustafa Tunc Soyer, Izmir, Turkey

Portfolio: Co-Chair Climate Action and Low Emission Development

Mayor Mar-Len Abigail S. Binay, Makati, Philippines

Portfolio: Innovative Financing

Acting Mayor Jeong Hyup Seo, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Portfolio: Global Multilateral Representation

Mayor Minna Arve, Turku, Finland

Portfolio: Circular Development

Mayor Manuel Araujo, Quelimane, Mozambique

Portfolio: Co-Chair Resilient Development and Risk Management

MLA Atishi Marlena, Delhi, India

Portfolio: Co-Chair Resilient Development and Risk Management

Mayor Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, Malmö, Sweden

Portfolio: Sustainable Circular and Innovation Procurement

Executive Director Alex Zhang, Eco-Forum Global, China

Portfolio: China Envoy

Governor Mauricio Vila Dosal, Yucatan, Mexico

Portfolio: Nature, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Restoration

Dr. Cathy Oke, Melbourne, Australia

Portfolio: Urban research on sustainability challenge solutions

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