New Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday announced that Delhi has now officially signed the Clean Air Cities Declaration with 35 other mega cities. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Mr Kejriwal said, ‘Addressed the Press at the C40 Summit in Copenhagen, with Mayors of Paris, LA, Copenhagen, Barcelona & Portland over video. Delhi also signs C-40 Clean Air Cities Declaration (signed only by 38 cities of the 94 attending) as its commitment to clean its air’.
Addressing a joint video press conference with six other world leaders at the C-40 summit, the CM said, “I am glad that Delhi is formally joining the C-40 summit and signing the Clean Air Cities Declaration, along with 35 other cities. We will be working towards tackling the problem of pollution, together.’
“We were able to reduce pollution in Delhi because of the support of the 20 million citizens. Despite taking emergency measures – Citizens of Delhi showed utmost cooperation to our policies and measures,’ he said.
“We took many interesting measures to curb pollution in Delhi–Odd-Even scheme, cleaner fuels for industries in Delhi, making diesel generators redundant, 24×7 electricity at affordable prices and mega tree plantation drive,’ he added.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had denied permission to eight-member delegation led by Mr Kejriwal to fly to Copenhagen, Denmark for C40 Climate Summit, saying that the conference is meant for mayors and not Chief Ministers.
The C40 summit connects over 90 of the world’s leading cities to take bold climate action and build a healthier and more sustainable future.