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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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Cities and Climate Change Science Research Agendas launched at the Research Symposium during ICLEI World Congress 2021-2022 in Malmö, Sweden

Two key outcomes from the Innovate4Cities 2021 Conference — new agendas for cities, climate change science, and policy innovation — were launched and discussed during the research and innovation component of ICLEI World Congress 2021-2022 in Malmö, Sweden on May 10, 2022. First, an update to the 2018 Global Research Action Agenda on Cities and … read more

Youth and Cities vs. Climate Change: How cities, local organisations and youth can team up to fight climate change

We are pleased to invite you to join a virtual session at Africa-Europe Week on 17 February 2022 at 3.00 pm CET. The event will be streamed in English and French. This session will focus on how cities, local organisations and youth can team up to fight climate change. To join us virtually, click here. Africa-Europe Week … read more

The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy at COP26

Please note that the time shown is in GMT (Glasgow time)  November 1 – World Leaders Summit 11:20 GMT UN Climate Change Global Innovation Hub Pavilion COP 26 Session 1 (Opening) Hybrid event at the UNFCCC Hub Pavilion; Livestreamed here. November 3 – Finance 12:30 – 13:00 GMT Beat the Heat: Cool Cities for a … read more

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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

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MAYOR CAM GUTHRIE OF GUELPH, ONTARIO, CANADA JOINS THE BOARD OF THE GLOBAL COVENANT OF MAYORS

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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