Green Recovery

Cities are on the front lines of the world’s most urgent crises: COVID-19 and climate change, and mayors know we must address these crises together.

The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) is a global network of 10,000+ cities, working to ensure that mayors around the world are at the forefront of a global call for increased climate ambition, while navigating a green and inclusive recovery from COVID-19.   

Over 10,000 cities worldwide, we call on all governments for a global green recovery

While cities have been among the hardest hit by the pandemic, they will be essential economic engines for restarting recovery ambitions. As national governments navigate the regional complexities of responding to and recovering from COVID-19, countries and cities must jointly seize this opportunity to build back a cleaner, more resilient, sustainable and fairer world for everyone. Read the full statement here.

Campaign to mobilize 1,000 cities for a green and just recovery to address global climate emergency

C40 Cities, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM) and CDP announced a campaign to recruit as many as 1,000 cities around the world to deliver inclusive climate action, consistent with constraining global temperature rise to 1.5°C set out in the Paris Agreement, and initiate a green and just recovery from COVID-19.

Green recovery city stories

Seizing the Urban Opportunity Report

How national governments can recover from COVID-19, secure shared prosperity, and tackle the climate crisis through cities. National governments can spur COVID-19 recovery, achieve shared prosperity and drive climate action through national policies and targeted investments to decarbonise cities and make them more resilient. This report shows the power of urban transformation and the many … read more

Green Recovery Story from Monteverde, Costa Rica

The District of Monteverde in Costa Rica has taken measures into its own hands by inspiring and empowering residents to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from waste. Just this August, Monteverde transformed 750 kg of waste collected from local homes and restaurants into organic compost. The project, directed by the Environmental Management Program of the Monteverde … read more

Green Recovery Story from Santiago, Chile

How can cities make a Green Recovery happen?  Have residents join in on the action! That’s what Santiago, Chile is doing through the “Recycle at Your Fair” initiative. Each day, except for Tuesday, the @medioambientestgo team travels with a recycling cart to a different fair in Santiago, Chile, where local residents can arrive with their … read more

Interested in joining GCoM or want to find out more? Check out our City Journey where we outline the steps to help your city drive climate action and create a green and inclusive recovery.

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