Mayor appoints new Chair of London Sustainable Development Commission

London, UK (3 May, 2017) - Dr Ashok Sinha has been appointed the new Chair of the London Sustainable Development Commission (LSDC) to help the city meet the challenges of a rapidly growing population, rising inequality and the effects of climate change.

Ashok – the current Chief Executive of the London Cycling Campaign – will lead a refreshed LSDC under Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. He has been a researcher, policy advocate and campaigner on sustainability issues for more than 25 years, and said he was delighted to have been appointed as the new Chair.
Ashok said: "I'm thrilled to take on this role. London is the greatest city in the world but it faces very specific challenges to help it transition to a fully sustainable city fit for the 21st century.
"From air quality, the circular economy, and the onset of climate change to the growing social inequality in the city, under my leadership the LSDC will be working hard to ensure the Commission presents the Mayor with real and effective solutions that can improve the quality of life for all Londoners"
The London Sustainable Development Commission was established in 2002 to advise the Mayor of London on sustainability issues including ways to improve and protect Londoners' quality of life now and in the future. 
The new look Commission will focus promoting good growth of the economy that improves quality of life for all Londoners while respecting the environment and promoting social cohesion and inclusion.

It is made up of experts from the economic, social, environmental and London governance sectors. Their brief is to ensure sustainability is at the core of policies and strategies impacting on London, and to help make sustainability a meaningful concept for Londoners. 
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Ashok brings a wealth of experience in sustainability and environmental campaigning to the Commission. Under his leadership, the LSDC will be key in helping us meet the challenges of our rapidly growing population, tackling social inequality, addressing climate change and supporting London’s shift to a low-carbon economy and I look forward to working closely with him and the rest of the commission.
For more information on the London Sustainable Development Commission please visit their website or follow on Twitter @LondonSDC.

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