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Study suggests countries can better tackle climate change by working with cities; Former Vancouver Mayor to spearhead global collaboration efforts

New report highlights the untapped potential of cities in helping achieve Paris Agreement goals; greater emphasis on urban priorities in national plans urgently needed as countries update climate commitments before COP30. Low and middle income countries make up the bulk of NDCs with comprehensive urban priorities while high income and/or highly urbanized countries tend to … read more

Greater city action, greater climate impact – new research highlights opportunities for the world to tackle the climate crisis

UN-Habitat released today new research that looks at whether national climate action plans, known as nationally determined contributions (NDCs), have included urban priorities as a key focus. The findings come on the back of 72 countries joining the Coalition for High Ambition Multi-Level Partnerships, or ‘CHAMP’ initiative, which was launched at COP28 in Dubai and spearheaded by … read more

Expert Group Launches Report to Help Cities, States and Regions Strengthen Credibility of Net Zero Climate Commitments

DUBAI (December 2, 2023) — Today at COP28, an Expert Group convened by the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM) and WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities (WRI) launched the Integrity Matters for Cities, States, and Regions report outlining fit-for-purpose recommendations for local, state and regional governments to ensure the credibility, accountability … read more

Increasing Support to Low-Carbon, Resilient Urban Development

NEW YORK, Sept. 19, 2023—Today, the governments of Germany and Luxembourg announced new funding of EUR 50 million for the City Climate Finance Gap Fund (Gap Fund), a multi-donor fund, implemented by the World Bank and the European Investment Bank with partners. These resources will support the development of low-carbon and climate-resilient urban investments and … read more

European Commission Executive Vice President for the European Green Deal, Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight Maroš Šefčovič and UN Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions Michael R. Bloomberg Co-Chair Board Meeting of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy

New York, NY (19 September 2023) – Today on the sidelines of the 78th UN General Assembly, European Commission Executive Vice President for the European Green Deal, Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight Maroš Šefčovič and  UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions and founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies Michael R. Bloomberg co-chaired a board meeting … read more

COP28 President-Designate Sultan Al Jaber and UN Special Envoy Michael R. Bloomberg Announce First COP-Hosted Local Climate Action Summit to Deliver Climate Progress at All Government Levels

Convening hundreds of mayors, governors, and subnational leaders alongside heads of state, Summit at COP28 in Dubai will recognize the critical role of local leaders in the COP process eight years after local leaders convened on the sidelines of COP21 to turbocharge climate ambition  Xie Zhenhua, Special Envoy for Climate Change of the People’s Republic … read more

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