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Mayor Rodas on the role of cities and multilevel integration in limiting global warming by 1.5 °C

The battle against climate change can only be won with cities. But, cities cannot do it alone. They are often limited by a lack of access to the resources required to deliver climate action. Multilevel integration can play a key role in raising national ambitions and promoting innovation and action at the local level. This includes vertically integrating investment plans of local authorities into national climate investment plans to address the urban finance gap.

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The science is clear: we need to act now … and cities are our opportunity to get this right.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C left no question about the future: at the current rate of warming of 0.2°C per decade, global warming will reach 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels around 2040, disrupting basic social and economic activities around the world.

Mayor Rodas on the role of cities and multilevel integration in limiting global warming by 1.5 °C

The battle against climate change can only be won with cities. But, cities cannot do it alone. They are often limited by a lack of access to the resources required to deliver climate action. Multilevel integration can play a key role in raising national ambitions and promoting innovation and action at the local level. This includes vertically integrating investment plans of local authorities into national climate investment plans to address the urban finance gap.

Cities Take the Stage at the Global Climate Action Summit

Climate action has taken on a new urgency, and people across the world and across sectors are ready to “Take Ambition to the Next Level.” This was especially clear at the Global Climate Action Summit held in San Francisco, September 2018. Throughout this impactful event, we aimed to shine a spotlight on the contributions of city leaders and announced new initiatives and tools to support cities’ efforts to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change, fulfilling their commitments and achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement.

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Summary For Urban Policymakers

What the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C means for cities.

INNOVATE4CITIES – A Global Climate Action Accelerator: Research and Innovation Priorities

With the Paris Agreement coming into force, and the associated commitment of 197 nations around the world, including the European Union, to limit global warming to well below 2o C, governments are beginning to understand the urgency of the climate change crisis.

Analysis: The demand for financing climate projects in cities

This report, co-authored by the C40 Cities Finance Facility, CDP, and in collaboration with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, is the first-ever in-depth analysis of infrastructure projects around climate change in cities.

Press Releases

The Global Covenant of Mayors will be launched in the Caribbean to support local governments to respond to climate change threats

Ten cities from the region will sign up the adhesion to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy in Port of Spain (Trinidad & Tobago) on 12th June, during the Caribbean Urban Forum 2019. More than 9.000 cities around the world have already joined the Global Covenant of Mayors in 131 countries. Port … read more

Collaboration to Accelerate Climate Action by Bringing Cities and National Governments Together on Research and Innovation Agenda

  Mission Innovation and Global Covenant of Mayors Enter into Formal Collaboration Collaboration to Accelerate Climate Action by Bringing Cities and National Governments Together on Research and Innovation Agenda May 28, 2019, Vancouver –– Mission Innovation and the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy today announced their commitment to strengthen collaboration and build deeper … read more

Global Climate City Challenge supports climate action projects around the world

Global Climate City Challenge supports climate action projects around the world May 23, 2019 145 project applications received with total investment opportunities of over 5 billion euro First 20 shortlisted cities have investment potential of 1.4 billion euro Project proposals range from e-mobility, waste to energy, urban greening, resilience and climate adaptation measures First round … read more

GCoM in the news

Alex Boston and Gregor Robertson: Cities and states can tackle the climate crisis together—here’s how

By Alex Boston and Gregor Robertson A climate crisis is upon us and cities are stepping up to tackle it—but they can’t do it without support at state, provincial, and national levels. Mayors are working with all levels of government to forge new partnerships to achieve the speed and scale needed to limit global warming. … read more

Africa calls for climate justice as green wave sweeps Europe

By Christina Okello “The challenge of climate change is enormous,” says Mohamed Adjei Sowah, the Mayor of Ghana’s capital Accra. Its effects, notably severe flooding and heavy rains, have already devastated the west African city. The mayor in fact was forced to delay our interview due to renewed floods. The deadly cyclone Idai that hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi is another example. … read more

Gregor Robertson appointed global ambassador for mayors’ climate group

Former Vancouver mayor’s first appearance in new position will be at end of May in Vancouver Former Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson has been appointed global ambassador for the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. Brett Kobie, special advisor for communications with the Global Covenant for Mayors for Climate and Energy, says Robertson received the paid appointment … read more

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