Addis Ababa is 1 of the top 20 finalists for the C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards 2022. This year’s competition featured seventy cities, with two-thirds of the top 20 finalists from the regions of Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Oceania, who showcased what it means to be a leader in building a futuristic society that is innovative, resilient, and inclusive. Finalists will be judged on the projects’ ambition toward climate action while ensuring people live longer and better lives. Winners will be announced on October 19th at the C40 World Mayors Summit in Buenos Aires.
The C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards are divided into five categories: United to accelerate immediate action in critical industries, United to clean the air we breathe, United to build climate resilience, United to innovate, and United to build a climate movement. Addis Ababa competes in the United to accelerate immediate action in critical industries category and recognized for the improving waste management & recycling projects done throughout the city.
According to a Global Burden of Disease study, air pollution is responsible for approximately 1.1 million deaths in Africa yearly. Due to rapid urbanization and industrialization, air pollution is Africa’s second leading cause of death. The C40’s new African Cities for Clean Air Programme will assist cities in accomplishing their goal through capacity building, regionally focused peer-to-peer knowledge sharing, and collaboration centered on best practices in air quality. The other 19 cities that are taking part are: São Paulo; Seattle, Irvine, and New York in the United States; Amsterdam in the Netherlands; Beijing and Wuhan in China; Dhaka North in Bangladesh; Freetown in Sierra Leone; Lima in Peru; Lisbon in Portugal; Metropolitan Region of Guadalajara in Mexico; Pune in India; Rio de Janeiro in Brasil; Quezon in the Philippines; Quito Ecuador; Renca in Chile; Seoul South Korea; and Tokyo-Kuala Lumpur, a Japan and Malaysia project.