UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


IIPP working with C40 Global Mayoral Task Force on COVID-19

13 February 2021

The UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) is developing its partnership with C40, the high-impact global network of mayors working to tackle the climate crisis, on green economic renewal after COVID-19.

IIPP working with C40 Global Mayoral Task Force on COVID-19

On Tuesday 16th June, Professor Mariana Mazzucato was invited by C40, a network of international mayors convening for peer-to-peer learning to support cities taking bold action on climate change, to present IIPP’s work to the C40 Global Mayoral Task Force on COVID-19. The task force was newly formed in April, with 11 engaged and inspiring C40 mayors coming together to drive a sustainable and fair economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. It is vital that cities can act as both catalysts for green, equitable and sustainable growth, and many cities around the world have taken up the mantra of ‘Build Back Better’.

Former Mayor of Toronto, David Miller, and Milan’s Mayor, Giuseppe Sala, introduced Professor Mazzucato, who discussed market shaping and mission-oriented approaches in cities and regions, with mayors and their teams from cities as diverse as Lisbon, Freetown, Hong Kong and New Orleans. She shared IIPP’s missions work at regional level, being developed in Manchester on mission-led green transitions; Scotland on patient finance via the Scottish National Investment Bank; Camden’s Economic Renewal Council; Emilia-Romagna’s mission-led Just Transition; the Vatican City’s COVID Economy Taskforce, and Bilbao’s Sustainable Development Goal-oriented public value economy landscape planning. IIPP recently hosted leaders from Camden Council and Emilia-Romagna, Georgia Gould and Elly Schlein, as part of the Public Purpose in the Time of COVID-19 global engagement series.

This developing partnership with C40 and its mayoral network is expected to develop over the coming months, as part of IIPP’s focus on the city systems across the world that are on the frontline of climate change, and the local and regional authorities who occupy a pivotal role in the green transition, and in the post-COVID19 green economic renewal. IIPP works closely with PELICAN funder EIT Climate-KIC on the iParadigm project, which works towards Healthy Clean Cities as a key focus area, and urban development partners including UN–HABITAT.

For more information on IIPP’s cities and regions work, please contact IIPP Head of Green Economy, Martha McPherson: m.mcpherson@ucl.ac.uk.

Further reading

IIPP has just released a policy brief on green economic renewal, focussing on five key proposals: green public investment; market-shaping innovation systems; a just transition for workers; greening the financial system; and a global just transition for the Global South.

Read policy brief