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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
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The Global Covenant of Mayors welcomes the agreement reached today on the European Climate Law

The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, the largest global alliance for city climate leadership, welcomes the agreement reached today on the European Climate Law. The EU’s new binding climate neutrality and 2030 emission reduction targets are a crucial milestone in the global fight against climate change and a great signal ahead of … read more

UN-Habitat launches Call for Regional Curators for UN-Habitat and GCoM’s (virtual) Innovate4Cities conference 11-15 October 2021

UN-Habitat is co-hosting the (virtual) Innovate4Cities conference with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM).  The Innovate4Cities Conference seeks to support accessible, innovative, equitable city climate action through promoting, guiding, and sharing city-focused research and innovation, driving partnerships and implementation at the local and neighbourhood scale. We are seeking regional curator teams … read more

GCoM welcomes President Biden’s decision to re-enter the U.S. into the Paris Agreement

On behalf of over 10,000 cities around the world, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) welcomes President Biden’s decision to re-enter the U.S. into the Paris Agreement. For the past four years, despite a vacuum of national leadership and a convergence of crises, U.S. cities have led the way in honouring … read more

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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

City Climate Action, Insights, and Tools Survey

Significant momentum is building which places local governments at the core of the climate action movement. Implementing comprehensive climate policy to achieve ambitious emissions reductions requires cities and their staff to be equipped with the right tools. To this end, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) – along with Bloomberg Associates … read more

Climate Emergency: Unlocking the Urban Opportunity Together

At the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP25) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) and its alliance of partners today released Climate Emergency: Unlocking the Urban Opportunity Together, a report showcasing the collective impact of commitments across its 10,239 cities and local … read more

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Lord Mayor of Hobart, Anna Reynolds, and Mayor of Colombo, Rosy Senanayake, Join the Board of the Global Covenant of Mayors

Brussels, Belgium (14 December 2020) – Today, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) announced two new appointments to its Board of mayors and leaders: Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds of Hobart, Australia will represent Oceania, and Mayor Rosy Senanayake of Colombo, Sri Lanka will represent South Asia. The Global Covenant Board leads … read more

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

1,000 cities will be recruited to participate in a global movement to address catastrophic climate emergency London, UK (09 November 2020) — Today, 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, … read more

City Climate Finance Gap Fund Launches to Support Climate-smart Urban Development

  NEW YORK CITY, NY (September 23, 2020) – Today, the City Climate Finance Gap Fund (“The Gap Fund”) was launched jointly by ministers and directors of the Governments of Germany and Luxembourg together with the World Bank, European Investment Bank, and Global Covenant of Mayors. It paves the way for low-carbon, resilient, and livable … read more

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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

Mayor Sowah, Accra, Ghana Interviewed on VOA Africa regarding climate change in Accra

VOA's Linord Moudou interviews the Mayor of Accra, Ghana, Mohammed Adjei Sowah to discuss how climate change is dealt with in Accra Video Health Report: Climate Change in Accra, Ghana Play video
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