GCoM in the News

‘The future we don’t want is already happening’ – climate change expert

By Melanie Gosling, Correspondent The future we don’t want is already happening with more intense droughts, floods, heat waves, blackouts, food shortages and sea levels gradually rising. It may sound like a post-apocalyptic movie, but delegates to the Adaptation Futures 2018 conference in Cape Town heard that these climate change effects were already happening around … read more

The Edmonton Declaration, a local climate agreement for cities, gets U.S. agreement

By Hamdi Issawi EDMONTON—As tensions mount between Canada and the U.S. on the trade front, municipal leaders have pledged to work more closely together to fight a common enemy: climate change. On Monday, the United States Conference of Mayors endorsed the so-called Edmonton Declaration, a locally created document that asks municipalities to take a stand on … read more

Clean energy innovation: How Europe can make a real difference

By Maroš Šefčovič Public-private partnerships are vital to achieving the leap forward, deploying new clean technologies at scale and fast, writes Maroš Šefčovič. Maroš Šefčovič is the European Commission Vice President in charge of the Energy Union and co-chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. These days, Sweden and Denmark probably see the … read more

The Future Of Sustainability And Climate Change

Investors, insurers and banks are already taking concrete steps to reduce their exposure to the opportunities of the past and investing in the opportunities of the future By Christiana Figueres There are three key facts about climate change that will impact the future of sustainability. The first, is that climate change is already with us, … read more

Tackling climate change: Global Covenant of Mayors launches it South Asia chapter

To tackle the effects of climate change, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM) today launched a chapter for South Asian countries and urged mayors and commissioners from India as well as local governments across the region to join the coalition and commit to moving towards a low-carbon and climate resilient economy. The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & … read more

Global Covenant of Mayors Launches Agenda for City Research and Innovation

By Leila Mead STORY HIGHLIGHTS Through its new office in Brussels, Belgium, the Covenant will facilitate enhanced efforts to realize the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change, and to build a low-carbon future. The City Research and Innovation agenda will address knowledge, data and innovation gaps to help cities undertake accelerated and more … read more

Global Covenant of Mayors focuses on driving climate action in cities

Bloomberg and Šefčovič announce plans to develop a City Research & Innovation Agenda By Kostis Geropoulos The Global Covenant of Mayors’ Co-Chairs, the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Climate Action Michael Bloomberg, and European CommissionVice-President Maroš Šefčovič on March 22 announced plans to develop a City Research & Innovation Agenda to address critical knowledge, data and innovation gaps that will … read more

Mayors begin next phase of investment drive for cities

By Jack Aldane Plans to mobilise around US$6 billion of private capital for sustainable cities were unveiled this week by the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy at a high-level conference of the European Union. The two initiatives—Invest4Cities and a Call for Interest—are aimed at getting public and private institutions to invest in cities around the world, where the current … read more

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