The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change joins as co-sponsor for the Innovate4Cities climate change conference

The co-hosts of the upcoming international Innovate4Cities (I4C) Conference, UN-Habitat and the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM), are delighted to announce the co-sponsorship of the event by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The global virtual I4C Conference covering Science and Innovation partnerships driving inclusive, resilient, and climate-neutral cities, runs … read more

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Join Cities Race to Zero & Cities Race to Resilience!

Cities Race to Zero The Race to Zero is a global campaign run by the COP26 Presidency and High-Level Climate Champions to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions and investors for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon transition that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth. The objective is to … read more
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GCoM welcomes you at the European Sustainable Energy Week 26-30 September 2022

The 2022 European Sustainable Energy Week theme is ‘Going Green and Digital for Europe’s Energy Transition’, with speakers and participants in Brussels and online. What is the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW)? Organised by the European Commission and the European Climate Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA), the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is the … read more

Tens of Thousands Cities, One Voice for Urban Net-Zero Transition

With one voice, the world’s cities and local governments underscored their role as an effective driving force in implementing the Paris Agreement and called for stronger collaboration between levels of governments, private sectors, academia, and local leaders to support the urban net-zero transition. Recognising critical knowledge, innovation, funding and support gaps that hold back urban … read more

Mission Innovation Urban Transitions Mission Brings Together First Cohort of Cities to Spur Global Green Transition

Today at the Global Clean Energy Action Forum, the Global Covenant of Mayors (GCoM) together with the European Commission (DG RTD) and the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe (JPI UE) called upon Mission Innovation member countries to recognize the importance of multi-level collaboration and help spearhead the selection of 50 cities for the Urban Transitions … read more


Launch of the City Research and Innovation Agenda (Innovate4Cities)

Inspired by the 2018 Edmonton Declaration - and galvanized by the Innovate4Cities 2021 Conference - the City Research and Innovation Agenda seeks to fill local-level knowledge, information, and technology gaps at every stage of the city climate action journey. Sourced directly from local policymakers, city leaders, and practitioners, it highlights today’s critical urban climate needs, … read more

Launch of the Global Research and Action Agenda (GRAA)

The Findings from Innovate4Cities 2021 and Update to the Global Research and Action Agenda details the research, policy, public discussions, recommendations and research gaps as the Global Research and Action Agenda for Cities and Climate Change Science (GRAA), drawing on hundreds of presentations and discussions at the Innovate4Cities 2021 Conference under key topical and cross-cutting … read more

The Multilevel Climate Action Playbook for Local and Regional Governments

Critical to achieving the credible, just, and ambitious commitments required to avoid a climate catastrophe is effective multilevel governance and coordination: collaboration, communication, and engagement among all levels of government in a process led by Parties. The Multilevel Climate Action Playbook for Local and Regional Governments recommends key elements of an enabling environment that can … read more

Press Releases


Brussels, Belgium (27 April 2022) – Today, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) announced the appointment of Mayor Cam Guthrie of Guelph, Ontario, Canada to its Board of mayors. Mayor Guthrie will replace outgoing Board Member Former Mayor Bill Peduto of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, whose Board term ended in January 2022. The Global … read more

New Summary for Urban Policymakers Initiative Announced

Climate change science that is shaping urban policy, and the future of our cities Glasgow, United Kingdom (November 11, 2021): Today, several of the world’s leading climate change scientists came together with city and business leaders, global NGOs and national governments to announce a new initiative, the Summary for Urban Policymakers (SUP) that will present … read more

‘Further and Faster Together,’ The Global Covenant of Mayors Shows How Ambitious City Climate Action Accelerates and Supports Efforts of National Governments

Cities and local governments are quickly achieving ambitious climate goals and acting increasingly as a driving force for emissions reductions progress for national governments  Continued local action at the necessary scope and scale depends on coordination and integration with national and regional governments  GLASGOW, SCOTLAND (09 November 2021): Today, at the 26th Conference of the … read more

GCoM in the news

Racing Toward a Climate Neutral Europe

FAQ on Race to Zero, Race to Resilience, and new Covenant Europe commitments Cities Race to Zero and Covenant of Mayors - Europe: A Quick Guide for European Cities Interview with Giorgia Rambelli, ICLEI Europe Coordinator, Climate Policy and Energy Governance

Cities May Be Our Greatest Hope in the Face of Climate Change and the Pandemic

BY ANNE HIDALGO AND WILLIAM PEDUTO Anne Hidalgo is the mayor of Paris, France and a board member of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, the world’s largest global alliance for city climate leadership. William Peduto is the mayor of Pittsburgh, Penn., and a board member of the Global Covenant of Mayors … read more

Google offers tool for cities to measure emissions

A tool Google offered in the US to help cities measure pollution and emissions levels is now available in Europe. It compiles transport and building data from Google Maps with publicly available information about emissions Google will initially offer the tool to Birmingham, Manchester, Wolverhampton and Coventry, Dublin and Copenhagen. It plans to add more … read more

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