Brussels, Belgium (JULY 1,2021) – Today, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) announced the appointment of Mayor Abigail Binay of Makati, Philippines to its Board of mayors and leaders. As mayor of Makati, Mayor Binay will represent Southeast Asia on the GCoM Mayoral Board.
The Global Covenant of Mayors leads the largest global alliance for city climate leadership, representing more than 10,500 cities and local governments committed to addressing the climate crisis. These cities hail from 6 continents and 142 countries, representing more than 900 million people. The Board is co-Chaired by Michael R. Bloomberg, UN Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Bloomberg LP and the 108th Mayor of New York City, and Frans Timmermans, European Commission Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal.
In her role as Board Member, Mayor Binay will help steward her region towards ambitious emissions reduction goals and serve as a critical voice towards meeting the goals of the UNFCCC Climate Champions’ Race to Resilience campaign.
Under Mayor Binay’s leadership, Makati has been globally recognized as one of the most innovative cities in the world. In the last five years, Mayor Binay has led and implemented disaster risk reduction and management, climate change adaptation, and sustainable development efforts in her city.
On July 8th 2021, Mayor Binay will be launching the Cities Race to Resilience campaign during a side event at Asia Pacific Climate Week, encouraging cities globally to join the campaign and commit to undertaking risk and vulnerability assessments and concrete resilience actions.
“It is a great honor to be selected to join the board of the Global Covenant of Mayors,” said Abigail Binay, Mayor of Makati, Philippines. “I look forward to being a champion for mayors in Southeast Asia and around the world, as we work together to implement actionable solutions for a more resilient and sustainable future.”
“We’re glad to welcome Mayor Binay to the board of the Global Covenant of Mayors,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Ambition and Solutions, Founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, and Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy Co-Chair. “Cities play a central role in confronting climate change, and Mayor Binay will provide an important perspective, especially as Southeast Asia faces severe risks. Together, we will help lead the charge on city climate action.”
“Mayor Binay is a strong advocate for climate action in Southeast Asia and we warmly welcome her to the Global Covenant Board,” said Frans Timmermans, Co-Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors and Executive Vice President for the European Green Deal at the European Commission. “Cities are at the forefront of the fight against the climate crisis, and drive many of the changes we need to succeed in our green transition. I congratulate Mayor Binay on her appointment and look forward to working together.”
About the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM)
GCoM is the largest global alliance for city climate leadership, uniting a global coalition of over 10,500 cities and local governments and 100+ supporting partners. The cities and partners of GCoM share a long-term vision of supporting voluntary action to combat climate change and towards a resilient and low-emission society. GCoM serves cities and local governments by mobilizing and supporting ambitious, measurable, planned climate and energy action in their communities by working with city/regional networks, national governments, and other partners to achieve our vision. Led today by UN Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions Michael R. Bloomberg and European Commission Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans, the coalition comprises cities across 6 continents and 142 countries, representing over 900 million people or more than 10% of the global population.